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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fireship Press (Oct. 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611792452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611792454
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,953,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Thing Done is a fictionalized accounting of the broken betrothal that sparked the long-standing war between the Ghibelline and Guelphs families of medieval Florence. At the heart of the story is a court jester who is intimidated into performing a prank at a celebration. The prank sets off a vendetta which is appeased by a betrothal between two families. However, the betrothal is broken and murder becomes the only way to settle the vendetta.

Author Tinney Heath has really created a compelling story – one that gripped me and captured my interest from the opening lines of the book to the very end. Of course, I love any novel with an Italian setting and this book definitely does not disappoint. Strong writing, rich details, and undeniably compelling characters made this book truly stand out. I loved the hero and the way he was unavoidably drawn into the vendetta. I loved how the author weaved fiction with fact to make a fabulous story. I highly recommend this book!
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“A Thing Done” will take the reader back to 13th-century Florence, when an annoying prank snowballs into a vendetta among Florence’s noble families. The narrator is the jester ordered to pull the prank, whom we today would describe as working class. The jester is a wry and unwilling observer caught up in the situation. The novel is based on historical events, and it is apparent the author has done her research down to the details of daily life. She provides us with real medieval characters and doesn’t shirk from the harshness of their lives. All the characters, even the ones the author invented, come across as real people and are three-dimensional. Highly recommended.

Kim Rendfeld, author of The Cross and the Dragon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well researched and enjoyable Jan. 1 2013
By Kim Rendfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"A Thing Done" will take the reader back to 13th-century Florence, when an annoying prank snowballs into a vendetta among Florence's noble families. The narrator is the jester ordered to pull the prank, whom we today would describe as working class. The jester is a wry and unwilling observer caught up in the situation. The novel is based on historical events, and it is apparent the author has done her research down to the details of daily life. She provides us with real medieval characters and doesn't shirk from the harshness of their lives. All the characters, even the ones the author invented, come across as real people and are three-dimensional. Highly recommended.

Kim Rendfeld, author of The Cross and the Dragon
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very engrossing! Dec 7 2012
By l vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish. It drew me in immediately, and kept up just the right amount of tension/expectation/suspense. And even though I am not all that familiar with many of the medieval Italian terms, the context was enough to get the meaning and make this very readable. Excellent work!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A prank that started a vendetta and war! Aug. 12 2013
By The Curious Dame - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Thing Done is a fictionalized accounting of the broken betrothal that sparked the long-standing war between the Ghibelline and Guelphs families of medieval Florence. At the heart of the story is a court jester who is intimidated into performing a prank at a celebration. The prank sets off a vendetta which is appeased by a betrothal between two families. However, the betrothal is broken and murder becomes the only way to settle the vendetta.

Author Tinney Heath has really created a compelling story - one that gripped me and captured my interest from the opening lines of the book to the very end. Of course, I love any novel with an Italian setting and this book definitely does not disappoint. Strong writing, rich details, and undeniably compelling characters made this book truly stand out. I loved the hero and the way he was unavoidably drawn into the vendetta. I loved how the author weaved fiction with fact to make a fabulous story. I highly recommend this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Amazing Book Nov. 3 2012
By Bee Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
From its opening scene to the very end, this book held my interest, and I eagerly read every chapter until I had read it all. I urge you to read it. Well researched, without the research taking over the story; detailed and resonant, and above all, a good read. Well done!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Modern urban hipster vibe Nov. 10 2013
By Marina J. Neary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even though the novel is set in 13th century Florence, it has a very modern, or perhaps I should say, timeless vibe. The image of a struggling 20-something entertainer in a big city is compellingly universal. Picture a DJ in modern day New York or Boston, picking up random gigs, crashing with his best friend and his girlfriend, getting caught in a conflict between two corporate hot shots. The protagonist is a low-key, self-deprecating hipster with that downbeat sense of humor. This would be a perfect role for someone like John Cusack. The author doe a great job recreating pre-Renaissance Italy, but the same story could take place in any country during any era. It's a story about "little people" getting caught in the schemes of "people with surnames". Imagine a delivery guy pulled into a war between two executives. You get the idea.


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