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Ilario: The Lion's Eye: A Story of the First History, Book One (original 2006; edition 2007)
by Mary Gentle
The Lion's Eye (A Story of the First History, Book 1) by Mary Gentle (2006)
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Abandoned and alone, the fosterling Ilario grows up as the King's Freak, surrounded by all the pomp, intrigue, and danger of the Iberian court. Fleeing a failed treacherous attack, Ilario crosses the sea to Carthage, where the mysterious Penitence shrouds the sky in darkness. There, a strange and awful destiny awaits the would-be painter, one that spans continents and kingdoms.
Filled with intrigue, sex, and mystery, Ilario: The Lion's Eye is a stunning tale of secret histories and self-discovery. The adventure continues in Book Two: The Stone Golem.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:48 -0400)
Abandoned on the steps of a chapel and offered in service to King Roderigo, young Ilario eventually joins the royal court as the King's Freak, where he inadvertently meets a powerful advisor's wife who would hide the secret of her child's scandalous birth at any cost.
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