Spoilers for The Firemaster’s Mistress are in this review, as this book is its sequel.
Francis Quoynt is still torn up that Kate chose his father over him. With no compelling reason to stay in England, he accepts Cecil’s command to go to La Spada and fulfill an extremely important loan that Cecil himself granted to the Prince. The Prince of La Spada is dying and will accept Francis’s services as firemaster as payment. Francis has no idea why the Prince chose him, and he has even less of an idea about the trouble he’s getting himself into – or about the lovely principessa who has a mind and will of her own.
I was thrilled to discover that there was a sequel to The Firemaster’s Mistress. As you’ll know if you’ve read my review, I didn’t like the fact that Kate chose Boomer. Having read this book, I am much more satisfied with that ending, because otherwise there would have been no Sofia. The dynamics between this couple are intense, and if possible the speed of the plot is even more so. I greatly enjoyed it. Since La Spada was fictional, Dickason could create a plausible Italy city-state but provide us with a story entirely of her own making.
There isn’t much else to say about a book I liked so much. I’d definitely recommend this one if you like historical fiction. It’s only available in the UK at the moment; here’s the Amazon link.