Wednesday 9 November 2022

Book Review: The Color Storm by Damian Dibben (Historical Fiction)

Title: The Color Storm
Author: Damian Dibben
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: 6 September 2022
Pages: 336
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Enter the world of Renaissance Venice, where the competition for fame and fortune can mean life or death

Artists flock here, not just for wealth and fame, but for revolutionary color. Yet artist Giorgione “Zorzo” Barbarelli’s career hangs in the balance. Competition is fierce, and his debts are piling up. When Zorzo hears a rumor of a mysterious new pigment, brought to Venice by the richest man in Europe, he sets out to acquire the color and secure his name in history.

Winning a commission to paint a portrait of the man’s wife, Sybille, Zorzo thinks he has found a way into the merchant’s favor. Instead he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that stretches across Europe and a marriage coming apart inside one of the floating city’s most illustrious palazzi.

As the water levels rise and the plague creeps ever closer, an increasingly desperate Zorzo isn’t sure whom he can trust. Will Sybille prove to be the key to Zorzo’s success or the reason for his downfall?

The Color Storm was an enjoyable historical fiction read. The premise was interesting and Zorzo was a delightful character who I was immediately able to get behind. It niggled me when people referred to Leonardo da Vinci as 'Da Vinci', as if it was his surname, but otherwise the period setting and sense of place were well presented. The story also had a few intriguing twists along the way that kept me turning the pages. All up, this was a solid piece of historical fiction and I am giving it four stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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