Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear ShecterCurses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii

byVicky Alvear Shecter

Hardcover | May 27, 2014

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When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?

TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.

LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air . . .

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them - to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

VICKY ALVEAR SCHECTER is the author of Cleopatra's Moon, the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and three nonfiction books for young readers, most recently Anubis Speaks! A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead. A docent in the Ancient History department of the Carlos Museum of Art, she lives near Atlanta, Georgia...
Title:Curses and Smoke: A Novel of PompeiiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.56 × 5.86 × 1.17 inPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545509939

ISBN - 13:9780545509930


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad ** spoiler alert ** It started well. I was very intrigued and eager and then the second half went downhill. Too many thing we're open ended (Tags dad going insane, how Lucia and her friend became friends, the attraction Quintus had for Tags ...) and her dad just went insane. He started off okay then went wild and I don't know what to do with that. And all those people who died and it's not confirmed. Live with Quintus and Tags as a bisexual three way? That's the perfect ending for me! But Lucia dies and I was shocked and disappointed. Castor should have left with the women and Tags and Lucia should have had their future. But they didn't. And I didn't appreciate that. I appreciate the historical pieces at the end and that Quintus was bi but too many things fell apart near the end for me to recommend it or read it again.
Date published: 2016-12-28

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