Lent

Lent

From Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning Jo Walton comes Lent, a magical re-imagining of the man who remade fifteenth-century Florence?in all its astonishing strangeness Young Girolamo?s life is a series of miracles. It?s a miracle that he can see demons, plain as day, and that he can cast them out with the force of his will. It?s a miracle that he?s friends with From Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning Jo Walton comes Lent, a magical re-imagining of the ma...

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Title:Lent
Author:Jo Walton
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Lent
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:382 pages pages

Lent Reviews

  • Erin
    Nov 21, 2019
    I always have high expectations for a Jo Walton book. I did not think this one would meet them. I enjoyed the idea of playing around in the Catholic politics of Renaissance Italy, but then Walton reveals what she's really up to and HOLY SMOKES THIS BOOK. IS. AMAZING. Holy Smokes rig...
  • Jamie
    Oct 02, 2019
    It seems like every year there?s a book that I want to beg people to read because I struggle to describe it, and it?s nothing like what they?d expect. This year, it?s this book. It?s beautiful. It?s delightful and unusual and quietly profound. It?s a master class in p...
  • Ari
    Jun 03, 2019
    The first half of this book is the story of a Florentine monk of the late 15th century who has the gift of prophecy and the ability to see and cast out demons. A series of improbable events briefly lifts the monk to a position of political power and influence, before it all goes wrong....
  • Sherwood Smith
    Jun 03, 2019
    Though this book is written within the framework of Roman Catholicism of the 1400-1500s, it is not a Catholic book. It is a book celebrating Renaissance humanism. A quick note laying down my understanding here. Renaissance Humanism was not a philosophy. It was a cultural phenomen...
  • Suz
    Oct 25, 2019
    When I heard Jo Walton was writing a book about the mad monk Savonarola, I scrambled to preorder it. I didn't know exactly what to expect, but Jo is an author I've learned to trust and roll with. In this case - it's a different take on Girolamo Savonarola, his life, how things happe...
  • Melissa
    Nov 13, 2019
    Although I haven't read as much as usual this year, I've been fortunate to read some really wonderful books, like this, which is beautiful and tremendous and deeply spiritual and kind of perfect for the way I've been feeling lately. Another A Tale for the Time Being in that it's a spot...
  • Lori
    Jul 05, 2019
    I?m giving this a 2 because I ultimately didn?t finish - I skimmed the end. There?s some great stuff in here - it IS Jo Walton after all- but personally it rubbed me the wrong way, it?s foundation is Christianity which I am not. There?s no push for religion, it?s actually m...
  • Kaethe Douglas
    Jun 29, 2019
    Started Thursday evening after a disappointing showing on my certification exam: Reader, I failed it. A pleasant historical work about a real person, only with demons being real. The dragon I kept expecting, based, no doubt, on a misreading of a review, did not ever appear. As much as ...
  • Julie Davis
    Jun 10, 2019
    How do I write about this book? It feels like a work of genius and I am badly in need of someone to discuss a few things with. However, until I have a friend who has also read it, this inadequate review will have to do. The book description tells the story just adequately enough to ...
  • Jo Walton
    Sep 17, 2018
    I think it's pretty good, but it's hard for me to judge. Here's a link to some illustrations. http://www.jowaltonbooks.com/books/le... Also, I LOVE the cover. I don't know what I did recently to get so lucky with covers, but this one is fabulous. ...
  • Jeff Miller
    Jun 29, 2019
    This story involves a Dominican friar with the ability to see demons and banish them along with some prophetic gifts. The first third of the book reads almost like a hagiography and then the story really develops. I kept wondering at first what was going on and how it was the story was...
  • Spencer Orey
    Oct 02, 2019
    Amazing and thoughtful book with some epic twists. I always have really high expectations about new Jo Walton books, and this one still blew me away. As in, this bizarre book that twists together a bunch of famous priests and scholars in Renaissance Florence with some fantasy eleme...
  • Denise
    Oct 15, 2019
    3.5 rounded up. Sort of smash up of elements between My Real Children and The Just City. Kept my interest until 3/4 in and then I felt the pages of dialog didn?t keep the plot moving as well. Still it?s Jo Walton and always thoughtful. ...
  • Joseph R.
    Jun 26, 2019
    Dominican Girolamo Savonarola lives in late 15th century Florence. He has the gift to see demons who haunt places and the even greater gift to drive them out. He's also a powerful preacher who inspires the Florentine people to live holier lives. He's successful in the spiritual life. H...
  • Ben Chenoweth
    Oct 08, 2019
    Well, that was an unexpected pleasure. This is a historical novel with a major twist, which is given away in the blurb on the back, so it's a twist you are waiting for. In fact, I was surprised that the twist was so long in coming. The central character, the monk Girolamo is sensitivel...
  • Antonio
    Sep 09, 2019
    This book started out gently enough, then got interesting, and finally settled into a pleasant, slow cruise into a historical novel. Then around the all hell broke loose and the plot flew off the rails, hurtling down a ravine of gasps and OMGs into a new realm of storyland... a new rea...
  • Amanda
    Nov 05, 2019
    DNF @ 15% not enjoying this one at all. ...
  • Karen Carlson
    Jun 24, 2019
    I love a book that helps me learn something, anything, and this one took me through Renaissance history, art, theology, Milton, Dante, and, um, ok, yeah, Groundhog Day. The first 170 pages is quite close to the historical record of Savonarola and Florence ("give or take a few demons an...
  • Elizabeth Morgan
    Jul 16, 2019
    This book is a Venn Diagram of People Who Like Jo Walton's Novels, People Who Like Historical Fantasy Fiction, People Who Like Medieval Theology, and People Who Like Humanism, and I am firmly at the centre. ...
  • Larry
    Dec 29, 2019
    This is an amazing book. I heard Jo Walton read the first chapter at a science fiction convention. I was so impressed that I made a point of reading the book. The first part of LENT fulfills the promise of the first chapter. The characters are engaging, the intersection of politics and...
  • Lindsay
    Nov 13, 2019
    Girolamo Savanarola is a real figure from Renaissance Italian history, and this book tells the tale of his life, assuming that the Catholic theological conception of the world is literally true. So we get Girolamo seeing and dispelling demons, experiencing miracles and generally doing ...
  • Lata
    Dec 20, 2019
    I found this a tough book to get through, and not because the writing is bad or complicated. I?ve read other books by Jo Walton (and I?m a fan of her work) that I?ve had no trouble sailing through. The writing in this book is good, but I was just not that interested in much of ...
  • Safir
    Oct 05, 2019
    By now, I have learned that if a book was written by Jo Walton, I don't really need much more information to know that I want to read it. ...
  • Justine
    Nov 05, 2019
    Groundhog Day by way of 15th century Florence. This is not my usual pick, but it turned out to be an excellent read for me. Walton's prose is so practiced and conversational, and kept me wanting to pick it up to see what would happen next...or again. ...
  • Q Adams
    Nov 30, 2019
    I picked this book up off a ?staff picks? shelf at the library, and almost put it back down after a cursory glance at the inside flap. Then I glanced at the author description on the back flap, saw she was a woman, and checked out the book. (We?re solidly in the ?I don?t want...
  • Margaret Carter
    Jul 02, 2019
    I?ve never read another fantasy novel quite like LENT. A fictionalized life of Girolamo Savonarola, the brilliant monk who shaped the destiny of Florence for a few years in the late fifteenth century, this novel at first appears to have only two fantasy elements: Girolamo can see and...
  • Rachel Best
    Jun 09, 2019
    Jo Walton?s books are unpredictable, both like and unlike the others. This is a beautiful, touching story, that takes religion seriously but still finds room to play with it. I feel like Girolamo is a friend of mine now, and 15th century Florence a place I visited and loved. I think ...
  • C Cédille
    Aug 17, 2019
    Oh man, where do I begin? For starters, I wanted to give this three stars. Really. But when I went to click in the rating, I just needed to click on the fourth. It's difficult to explain. I didn't enjoy the book, not in the way I usually enjoy reading, but I admit I had a hard time ...
  • Gregory D.
    Jul 18, 2019
    A truly original story, featuring two of my favorite figuree of the Italian Renaissance -- Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola -- and one of the most controversial -- Fra Giovanni Savanarola -- in what can only be called "Neo-Platonist Groundhog's Day", with special guest-star, Ri...
  • Delany Holcomb
    Apr 19, 2019
    I have no idea how Jo Walton concocted such an amazingly brilliant and original story, but "Lent" is one of the best books I have read in 2019. 15th century Christianity, demons, Hell, and metaphysics all come together in this absolutely remarkable story set during Renaissance Italy. F...