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 P From Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning Jo Walton comes Lent, a magical re-imagining of the ...

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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

  • 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...
  • Olav
    Jun 06, 2019
    Despite being high-brow, and artful in construction, Lent is an engaging and readable work that is more fun than it has any right to be. Doomed to repeat the same life over-and-over, priest Girolamo Savonarola struggles to change his fate. Mixing theology, philosophy, and Renaissan...
  • 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 ...
  • Gloria
    Aug 09, 2019
    I read 100 pgs of Lent and finally had to stop, which I almost never do, but once in a great while there is a book that is well written but is not a good match for the reader and this is true here for me. Jo Walton is an excellent writer and I like the fantasy genre quite well, so was ...
  • Rebecca DeVendra
    Jun 27, 2019
    I'm floored! This is a beautifully written historical fantasy with gripping character complexity. It's not quite like Umberto Eco but it could sit comfortably on the shelf in such company. A Dominican friar who can see demons and banish them is not who he seems! Without spoiling th...
  • 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...
  • Mel
    Jul 25, 2019
    A return to form for Walton! Got to say, I'm really pleased. I loved Among Others and My Real Children, but was seriously disappointed in The Just City, so this book was kind of make it or break it for me, and I'm pleased to say it made it! It's got that quintessential Walton quality: ...
  • Andrew
    Jun 22, 2019
    This wouldn't be something I'd normally delve into, but a great NYT review tempted me in. It's absolutely fascinating; thought provoking and utterly compelling. Congratulations and thanks to Jo Walton for a first class read. Particularly enjoyed Jo's commentary at the end of the novel,...
  • 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...
  • MaryAnn Johanson
    Jul 03, 2019
    Absolutely extraordinary work of fantasy. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it... or perhaps not (trying not to spoil!) any modern work. Walton makes 15th-century Florence feel very real and present, though I know I was missing *lots* because I don't know much about that...
  • Nina
    Jun 19, 2019
    This kind of book may not be for everyone, but this novel gave me so much delicious food for thought and so much enjoyment that I would gladly give it more than five stars. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Kate
    Jul 24, 2019
    This is a repeating time loop sequence. As is the case with time loops, the central characters have to figure out how to change things. I lost patience with that scenario by the end of the book. Now for the positive. This is about Savonarola, a monk in Medici Florence in the late 14...
  • Kris Sellgren
    Jun 24, 2019
    Lent is an astonishing fantasy novel set during 1492?1498 in Florence, Italy. The first third of the story is about the (mostly real) life of Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola, starting with the death of Lorenzo de? Medici, and ending with Girolamo?s death. Walton takes the Ch...
  • Sarah
    Jul 24, 2019
    This book was interesting for me. At first, I found it very slow and dull. I really couldn't see where it was going and at first I was worried it would turn into a chore. But then, about a third of the way through, the book took a turn and all of a sudden it got interesting. Once I fou...
  • Andrea
    Aug 15, 2019
    This odd little book utterly floored me. At first glance, nothing about this book is appealing. The cover art is tacky, the title is misleading, and for the first 150 pages you?re wondering ?what is the point of this?? I couldn?t help but wonder what the publisher was think...
  • Joey Gremillion
    Aug 11, 2019
    What if the angels who were cast out of Heaven were remorseful, regretting their defiance of the Heavenly Father? This is a great historically fiction book! ...
  • Nightbow
    Jul 29, 2019
    Jo Walton is an absolutely singular writer. Her exquisitely low-key, fluent way of addressing completely weird stuff is unparalleled, and I have such a deep appreciation of her brilliance! LENT was so enjoyable as a kind of intimate stroll through a Renaissance Florence ? with demons...
  • 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 ...
  • Doug Murphy
    Jun 16, 2019
    What a brilliant, original story about heaven, hell, Florence in the 1400s and Savonarola! ...
  • 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...
  • LHbooks
    Jun 20, 2019
    The whole premise of the book is a spoiler. But the structure and theme were beautifully intertwined. The suspense while you read through to the end and the author?s intentions become clear is worth it. If you already like Jo Walton or are interested in the Renaissance or Florence yo...