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The Pindar Diamond By Katie Hickman Published by Bloomsbury USA. The Pindar Diamond is a tragedy set in early seventeenth century Europe. The novel consists of three plotlines which eventually merge at its climax.

The Pindar Diamond By Katie Hickman Published by Bloomsbury USA. His undistinguished servant John Carew and a courtesan named Constanza scheme feverishly to save Paul from destruction and stop him from playing in a final game of winner takes all cards. Slow to build and unable to hold my interest for more than a few pages at a time, The Pindar Diamond is not a book I would eagerly recommend. In particular, the ending both abrupt and awkward will leave readers completely unsatisfied.

Although it can be read as a stand-alone, readers will no doubt want to delve into the earlier novels, The Aviary Gate and The Pindar Diamond as well. 25 February 2017 ·. Opening night at the Lahore Literary Festival, nothing from the 1001 Night's could have been more magical.

Includes reading group guide. While a disabled woman and her infant are sold to traveling performers by superstitious seventeenth-century Italian townspeople, a grieving gambler makes plans for a priceless blue diamond in the hopes of recouping his fortunes.

Katie Hickman is the author of seven books, including two bestselling history books, 'Daughters of Britannia', about .

Katie Hickman is the author of seven books, including two bestselling history books, 'Daughters of Britannia', about the lives and times of diplomatic wives, . .nd 'Courtesans', about English 18th and 19th century courtesans. The Aviary Gate was a best-seller in Italy.

The Pindar Diamond book. A rich tapestry of a novel, with interesting characters and many twists and turns of the plot.

The Pindar Diamond: A Novel. The Pindar Diamond - Katie Hickman. With The Pindar Diamond, her follow-up to The Aviary Gate, she brings ntury Italy vividly to life, and also demonstrates her maturity as a novelist. A tale of love and avarice, with a touch of the mystical, The Pindar Diamond is rich with historical detail, and unfolds with urgency and grace. It is accomplished, wholly satisfying historical fiction. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Katie Hickman is the author of several previous books, including history books, travel narratives, and novels. She has been shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, and for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year award. Hickman lives in London with her two children and her husband, the philosopher .

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As his obsession with the mysterious stone grows it becomes clear that there are other, more sinister forces at play. Is the diamond real, or is it just a trick to lure him to his ruin? Fiction. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

In a small town on the Italian coast, a mysterious woman washes ashore. She is crippled, mute, and clutches a bundle to her chest-a baby the townspeople insist is a real-life mermaid. It can only bring bad luck; they pay a troupe of acrobats to carry mother and child away. In the bustling trade center of Venice, merchant Paul Pindar is the subject of his colleagues' concern. Since his return from Constantinople, they have found him changed; raging over the loss of his beloved, Celia, he has gambled away his fortune at the gaming tables. But when a priceless blue diamond surfaces in the city, Pindar recognizes the opportunity to regain everything he has lost-including, perhaps, the woman he loves. A celebrated writer of history and travel books, Katie Hickman has always been a master of evoking time and place. With The Pindar Diamond, her follow-up to The Aviary Gate, she brings early-seventeenth-century Italy vividly to life, and also demonstrates her maturity as a novelist. A tale of love and avarice, with a touch of the mystical, The Pindar Diamond is rich with historical detail, and unfolds with urgency and grace. It is accomplished, wholly satisfying historical fiction.


Comments: (7)

Banal
Wonderful story and imagination.
LoboThommy
Good follow up to The Aviary Gate. I missed the cut betweens of the current and previous time frames though. Lacked in that aspect, but I did like the Italian setting.
Agalas
Actually I think I need to read it again because I think I skipped some parts. I missed Celia and Robert in this read. The other characters weren't as interesting. This book did not have the charm that the other book had. I do hope there will be another one so we can find out what happens to Richard and Annetta.
Ungall
As to The Pindar Diamond, this is a sequel to The Aviary Gate, which I read in December but never got around to reviewing as the backlog was horrendous. I did enjoy The Aviary Gate, though I found myself much more interested in the historical story than the modern one with which it was juxtaposed. I am relieved to say that this method was not used in the sequel, and the novel is that much the better for it!

The Pindar Diamond takes place primarily in Venice, though though the action frequently mentions Constantinople, where the first novel was set. The story follows a British man in search of his assumed lost love, and the events of the other characters of the first novel.

If I seem to be frequently mentioning the first novel, it's because you really need to read it before this one. All of the backstory is contained in the first novel, and the author does assume you made the time to read that one first. Granted, this is a new location and there are new characters, but you really couldn't jump into this novel and enjoy it in the same way.

That being said, I liked that the novel was set in Venice, which has always held a fascination for me. I was able to get a good feel for the era and the characters, and I felt that their progress was relatively organic from the first novel. While some of the new characters felt a bit extreme in The Pindar Diamond, this did not detract from the overall feel of the book. All-in-all, an enjoyable historical fiction. Nothing earth-shattering, but certainly not terrible. I would recommend this novel to someone looking for an easy read in the sun this spring!
Tholmeena
The Pindar Diamond
By Katie Hickman
Published by Bloomsbury USA

The Pindar Diamond is a tragedy set in early seventeenth century Europe. The novel consists of three plotlines which eventually merge at its climax. There is a traveling troupe of acrobats lead by a giantess, a convent housing a young nun previously of the Ottoman Sultan's harem, and a swarming Venice teeming with trade, gambling and debauchery.

Maryam, the leader of the acrobatic troupe is a giant even among men. Sold by her parents into bondage, and several times after that as a freak of nature and side show act, Maryam is scarred yet resilient. When a salesman pays her to take in a young, crippled, mute women with a `mermaid' child, Maryam takes pity on the pair against the grumbling of the troupe. All the while, mysterious occurrences follow them at every turn.

Annetta, once a servant in the convent, has returned with the largest dowry in the abbeys history. Having been taken prisoner from a merchant ship and sold into the Sultan's harem, Annetta managed to please the queen Valide who took her as her personal companion. When the Valide dies, Annetta leaves the Ottoman harem with a wealth of jewels but only after making a weighty sacrifice to save a friend. As she strives to find a place for herself among the other nuns, she struggles with her past actions and wonders about their consequences.

Paul Pindar, once a distinguished merchant, has wasted away both in body and wealth. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he drinks and gambles himself into continual oblivion. His undistinguished servant John Carew and a courtesan named Constanza scheme feverishly to save Paul from destruction and stop him from playing in a final game of winner takes all cards.

Slow to build and unable to hold my interest for more than a few pages at a time, The Pindar Diamond is not a book I would eagerly recommend. In particular, the ending both abrupt and awkward will leave readers completely unsatisfied.

Please note: My review is based on an advance reading copy and it is my sincere hope that some further editing will improve the overall flow and conclusion of the novel.
The Pindar Diamond: A Novel download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Katie Hickman
ISBN: 160819213X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (August 24, 2010)
Pages: 279 pages