Book Review- Lucifer’s Game

Lucifer's Game by Cristina Loggia
Spies, military secrets, and a personal crusade for freedom... Rome, 1942. Cordelia Olivieri is a young, determined hotel owner desperate to escape Mussolini's racial persecution. But as Fascist leaders gather in Rome, Cordelia is suddenly surrounded by the world's most ruthless and powerful commanders. In an effort to keep her Jewish heritage a secret and secure safe passage out of Italy, Cordelia forms a dangerous alliance with the British army who want to push the…

A World War II Spy Thriller by Cristina Loggia

Today’s Book Review is Lucifer’s Game- a fast paced spy thriller that takes place during World War II. I liked the premise from the start in that it takes place in Italy from the perspective of numerous characters. I feel most World War II books I read usually focus on either Germany or Paris, so the Italian perspective was refreshing.

The book had a slow start, but once it got going, I was hooked. I was invested in the characters and their stories and found them to be three dimensional and sympathetic. Loggia even managed to make a Nazi soldier likeable!

My only criticism would be I felt there were too many POVs. There was also no warning when they switched POV, like a chapter or section heading, so sometimes it was a little startling and I needed time to get grounded in the new character’s perspective which was a bit distracting.

But overall, this book is definitely worth a read! The stakes are high, the twists are believable and unexpected and I learned a lot without feeling like the author was info dumping (Always a concern in historical fiction.) Can’t wait to read more from Loggia in the future!

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