Review and Giveaway: “Inamorata” by Megan Chance

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Review and Giveaway: “Inamorata” by Megan ChanceInamorata by Megan Chance
Published: 2014 by Lake Union
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror/Gothic
Pages: 420
Format: ARC
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Inamorata by Megan Chance is a blend of historical fiction and fantasy set in 19th century Venice.  Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister Sophie come to Venice to escape scandal in New York.  Joseph is an artist, and he hopes to find a wealthy patron so that he can pursue his passion.  Sophie is Joseph’s muse and has dedicated her life to helping him succeed, but she also wants someone to see her as an individual and not as an extension of her brother’s company.  Enter Nicholas Dane, an attractive former poet who becomes captivated by Sophie.  Dane is in a perfect position to help Joseph meet prominent intellectuals and artists in Venice’s Bohemian circles.

And then there’s Odile, who throws a wrench into everyone’s plans.  Odile is a succubus who feeds on artistic talent, leaving a string of bodies in her wake.  She has inspired great artists throughout the ages, including figures such as Byron and Keats, but then destroyed them.  You see, before her lovers are destroyed, her power allows them to create their greatest masterpieces.  Odile is dangerous, seductive, and completely irresistible to men, and she means to make Joseph Hannigan into her next victim.

Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the four main characters.  This includes Odile.  Even though she’s the major antagonist of the story, she has her own reasons for why she is the way she is.  We see her as a flawed yet understandable character who wants to make a mark on the world and be remembered for it.  Time and time again, she is immortalized through art, but she remains the nameless muse.  Her role in making those artists great is never acknowledged, and so Odile remains frustrated and unsatisfied.  It’s rare to see a story told in part through the eyes of the villain, and seeing Odile as a complex character rather than just an adversary was wonderfully intriguing.

The plot of Inamorata progresses slowly, but that’s because Megan Chance fills her pages with breathtaking descriptions of Venice that perfectly encapsulate the story’s mood.  She builds an atmosphere of both possibility and despair as each character strives to accomplish his goals and ambitions.

If a book filled with European cities, seductive immortals, and Lannister-style relationships appeals to you, then Inamorata will be right up your alley.

Giveaway

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