I absolutely loved this novella. It is my favorite read of 2016 so far(July) because it is just an amazing premise that connects with a lot of my interests. It is during a time in Italy that is my favorite when studying history(early 1600’s), in the town of Venice, and individuals are playing a high stakes game of political intrigue by controlling “pieces” that are individuals indebted to this Gamehouse, in order for their political leader to be elected mayor. The novella is told by this omnipotent narrator that we don’t really know anything about until later. It is a well written, superbly crafted political intrigue story that got me physically excited.
23/25 Possible Score
Plot – 5(Excellent)
Characters – 4(Strong)
World Building/Setting – 5(Excellent)
Writing Style – 5(Excellent)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 4(Strong)