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Cantarella. Volume 1
Higuri, Yu.
Adult Fiction HIGURI

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The illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia is cursed from birth: his Cardinal father sold the child's soul to the devil to capture the papacy. But daring, clever, and charismatic, the young man attracts a devoted assassin-bodyguard and the hearts of beautiful women, including sister Lucrezia. This is Renaissance soap opera in the grand manner where religious-political intrigue and supernatural doom erupt into duels, demons, corrupt clergy, dangerous liaisons with a touch of shonen-ai, and general disregard for life and morality. Cantarella was the legendary poison of the Borgias, supposedly sweet but paralyzing. Indeed, Cesare is surprisingly appealing as he yearns for his father's love, only to be betrayed at every turn. And so Cesare schemes to pull the strings of Italy (and the papacy) as his demonic side powers his vengeance. Higuri's research shows in gorgeous characters, detailed backgrounds, and compelling plotting. Also included is historical information, plus Higuri's vignettes about her work on the manga, up to 17 volumes in Japan and still continuing. A recent ALA "Read" poster features Cesare, the first manga character chosen. Sexual themes, although nothing explicit; rated for older teens. Highly recommended.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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