The first novel from Xavier Axelson is set against a backdrop of decadence, privilege, and intrigue. Virago, the royal tailor, makes a discovery that will test the bonds of brotherhood, unravel the forbidden secrets of his heart and threaten the very fabric of his existence. In a land where cruelty is disguised as allegiance, loyalty is masked by obligation and the laws of sumptuary govern the people, nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.
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This well written though sometimes melodramatic historical novel brings to life the intrigues of the court and the secrets of the heart. Virago has just become the new royal tailor after his father is run down by a carriage. He has al... ...more
The laws of sumptuary, which allow the execution of the common people for things which should only belong to the nobility; homosexuality punishable by severe torture, then execution; a totally clueless homosexual; and melodrama, lots of melodrama.
The book sounded more like a... ...more
Making music is much like breathing for Seton. He plays from his soul, hoping one day to share his love of music with someone special.
Growing up with Pr... ...more
I've found in the past that Xavier Axelson has a rather unique style of writing, though always somewhat different from work to work, and this novel is no different. In part allegory and seen as a cautionary tale from the eyes of the somewhat naive and innocent... ...more
This is an interesting review to write as I have mixed feelings about this book. It was well written and dramatic although sometimes a bit over the top. After the excerpt above, the story begins in earnest. Virago, the main character, has just been promoted to be the n... ...more