THE HOUSE OF MANY CHILDREN
(a 3rd novel in the tetralogy about castrati in 16th century Italy and our bigger-than-life hero, Ercole)
By Cristian Saileanu
A continuation of “The Ballad of the Blue-Eyed Castrato” and “Forgive me, Father, for I Will Sin”, “The House of Many Children” is the story of the death of the leader of the Massimiliano degli Albizzi tribe and the consequent migration of the tribe from Túsan, Switzerland to the new village of San Giovanni, on the island of Korkyra.
This third novel in the “castrato quartet” is popping with action, too. Miriam, the new leader of the tribe is kidnapped, Ercole saves eight children who were prepared for sex trade and adds them to his own household, Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga is frustrated in his attempt to ambush the advance of the tribe, sicari are hired to kill Ercole, and obviously fail, and Jacque, the French ambassador at the Venetian court, turns Giulia and Ercole into French nobility, among many other stories.