Advance reader reviews of The Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato.

The Daughter of Siena

A Novel

By Marina Fiorato

The Daughter of Siena
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  • Published in USA  May 2011,
    400 pages.

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  • Margaret D. (Brookfield, VT)


    Really good vacation read :-)
    Marina Fiorato penned a fine historical look at the 1700s in a politically charged Siena. The description of the physical city is captivating. The characters, human and equine, are intriguing. While some of the tale is predictable, on the whole it kept my interest with its unexpected twists. I thoroughly enjoy novels that pique my interest to go look up the actual history of a time, an event, etc.. In this case: contradas, the Palio, and a relook at the reviled Medicis!
  • Joanne V. (Towanda, PA)


    A fast, enjoyable read...
    I really enjoyed this book and thought that the author's descriptions of Siena, the Palio, and especially the rivalries among the various contrada to be accurate and compelling. I have been to Siena and visited several of the contrada churches and learned the history of the Palio and how it is conducted. I loved the story and thought the author did a wonderful job of weaving the descriptions of Siena, the art, the horses, the race, the rivalries and throwing in the Medici curse, it made for a very enjoyable read!
  • Catherine H. (Nashua, NH)


    Good book to take to the beach
    This is a good book to read while vacations: wonderful descriptions of Siena and the Palio race, forbidden romance, the Medici Family, treason but despite all that, very slow action and very predictable ending.
  • Susan S. (Middlebury, Connecticut)


    The Daughter of Siena
    I love this period in history, I love the city of Siena, so a combination of the two has to be a winner for me. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.
  • Carol C. (Troy, NY)


    Daughter of Siena
    'Daughter of Siena' held my attention throughout with its history of the Palio and the vivid descriptions of Siena. While many of the twists and turns of the story were foreseeable, that did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. A very entertaining read.
  • Mary Lou C. (Shenandoah Junction, WV)


    Predictable but goo
    Sienna's Daughter was totally predictable. Still, I could not put it down. The author skillfully takes you back to a time so romantic yet so brutal. I felt as though I were there, within the walls of this ancient city. Well written, worth reading.
  • Portia A. (Mount Laurel, NJ)


    An engaging story
    I got this book on Thursday and finished it on Saturday. The plotting was just a little too pat but the story is gripping and the writing made for a very good reading experience..in other words I couldn't put it down.
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