The book "The Visconti Devils" is a wonderful look into the Tarot and the forces of good and evil. I really enjoyed reading about Maggie and her drive to find that last card and how Michael was willing to help her in her endeavor. Both Maggie and Michael were people who had very strong characteristics, which made them bigger than life. Ms. Dimitra brought the city of Milan to life and made me want to visit during Carnevale. The sights and sounds had me feeling like I was on another vacation. I can't wait to see what Ria comes up with next.
I give this book a 5 because the characters and places were so real. I could step into the pages of the book. The world came alive and what I found was very unexpected and different from anything I've ever read.
Reissued Review: Originally released and reviewed in 2007.
A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
Maggie Pacelli didn't believe in love at first sight. She was about to lose all belief in true love. But that all changed when she met Michael LeClaire, the new curator at the Beinecke Library at Yale. Michael is fascinated with the new tarot deck that Maggie is painting--and he also seems to be fascinated with Maggie. Maggie can't believe how perfect he is for her--or how hard she's falling for him.
A DATE WITH HELL
When Michael shows Maggie the rare 15th century Visconti tarot cards in the Beinecke's archives and reveals to her that The Devil is missing from every one of the surviving decks, Maggie is intrigued. The Devil is the one card she can't decide how to paint. Maggie feels certain that the answer to the riddle lies in Milan.
Unable to dissuade her, Michael accompanies Maggie to Italy on her quest to discover the truth about the missing Visconti Devils. Their search takes them to the Brera, where they meet Luca Arcangeli, a wealthy art collector who may hold the key.
But in Milan at the height of Carnevale, nothing and no one are what they seem--and Maggie will soon find herself at the center of a struggle between the forces of light and darkness that will challenge her beliefs and force her to choose the fate of her soul.