08.4.2011

The Medusa Amulet: A Novel

Robert Masello’s novel takes place everywhere from present day Chicago, to Dante’s Italy, to Marie Antoinette’s France all without losing the reader somewhere along the way. The back and forth between times, places, and voices is not easily done, but Masello does it with such skill that I barely noticed the shift as I was reading. There’s a little bit of everything: romance (not overdone), supernatural elements involving immortality, Greek mythology, and the potential return of an evil dictator. This sounds like a lot to incorporate into one, average sized novel, but Masello makes it work. The shifts are not abrupt and the loose ends are nicely tied up by the novel’s end. Over all I thought it was well written and entertaining.

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