I normally don't enjoy historical novel, but this was an exception that I really enjoyed. This novel is rich in the European history of the 1700s. Nicholas Christopher did an amazing job describing the setting of the story. He wrote with skill that made you seem that you were next to Nicolo in the streets of Venice listening to him play the clarinet. Mr. Christopher also described the characters making it feels like Nicolo and Adriana are real people. I also don't normally enjoy romance novels, but the book had enough action and mystery that it made reading it worthwhile. The only bad part of the book was that it started out fast-paced, but slowed down near the middle.