The best thing about “The Glassblower of Murano” was the Venetian setting. Anyone who has been to Venice would appreciate the historical basis for the plot. Filled with interesting details about the city of Venice, the essence of the city leapt off the page. The author managed to use every part of Venice in the book, including the dungeon in the Doge’s Palace, which was crafty. However, the plot was slightly confusing and bland. The author moved between time frames without any notification, and the beginning of the book switched time frames so frequently it was hard to grasp what was happening.
For me, the draw was the historical information and the settings. I enjoyed following Corradino from Venice to Versailles where he would craft the famed Hall of Mirrors. But the writing was mediocre, and I never found myself really immersed in the book. The main character, Nora, was moderately interesting but I couldn’t really connect with her. I attribute this to the fact that most of the book was told as a recount of what had happened, with very little dialogue between characters. The result was a story that was a little flat.
I wanted to like the book because it was obviously well researched and very creative how the author used so many iconic elements of Venice to create a story filled with intrigue. But, ultimately the book was just ok, and not one of the better ones I have read.