Kay, Guy Gavriel.
A quick-witted young courtier falls in love with an assassin and finds himself drawn into a feud between mercenary captains in this well-crafted historical fantasy set in an alternate version of the Renaissance city-states of Italy. With complex characters and emotionally resonant themes, this is a novel that manages to mix action with more contemplative moments that capture a wistfulness for youth and days gone by. This is an escape into a past that never truly existed, but it will still leave you spellbound.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)