Friday, September 21, 2012

The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony

The mad passion for forbidden lace has infiltrated France,
pulling soldier and courtier alike into its web. For those who want the best, Flemish lace is the only choice, an exquisite perfection of thread and air. For those who want something they don’t have, Flemish lace can buy almost anything––or anyone.

For Lisette, lace begins her downfall, and the only way to atone for her sins is to outwit the noble who now demands the impossible. To fail means certain destruction. But for Katharina, lace is her salvation. It is who she is; it is what she does. If she cannot make this stunning tempest of threads, a dreaded fate awaits.

The most lucrative contraband in Europe, with its intricate patterns and ephemeral hope, threatens to cost them everything. Lace may be the deliverance for which they all pray...or it may bring the ruin and imprisonment they all fear.

First line:
"It had been two months now." 

Interesting book with eight different view points, including a smuggling dog. 
Lace is illegal and worth more now than ever. Used as bribery, smuggled into France and made by nuns, Flemish lace is precious. 
I really liked all the different points of view and how they came together in the end. I'm not sure I liked or understood the ending. But the journey was intriguing. I had a hard time putting the book (ereader) down.
The book starts with a nun who is a lacemaker; her sister wants to buy her freedom; a soldier is charged with finding illegal lace but is an idiot; a desperate boy whose love is taken in exchange for lace; the count who needs the lace; the dog who carries the lace. And that's not all! 
The story is as intricate and woven and tight as the Flemish lace that has so many lives and dreams riding on it.
An interesting time in history that I hadn't ever heard about. Very interesting!

Rating: PG 
S: No; innuendo's about homosexuality, whores
L: No
V: Fights

Learning some history from 1636 
The Dog

How lace ruined everyone

4 1/2 STARS

Thanks, Netgalley!

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