This is one of the best tribology's because it has action , romance , archery ( my personal favorite ) , knights , time travel , & Italian guys . Need I say more ?
Oh yes buy or rent from your library all three because if you read the first book it is a cliffhanger so you will need book after book ! 1st book waterfall , 2nd cascade , & 3rd torrent .
There is drinking in this book I will warn you but none of the characters get drunk that I can remember (also keep in mind the its set in 14-16th centuries so it was legal , also they didn't have a clean water supply so ale was drink of choice) But overall Best book I've ever read . Readers of Robin Hood and Romeo and Juliet will love this I know I did !
I wanted to hit on what one of the other reviews said about there not much about God and christian morals in the books. In the first book there isn't really, it's true, but as the series progresses, the girls in the books turn from knowing about God to really knowing God.
Also, the author wrote the books so she could give her daughters books they could give to their friends that read books like Twilight and the Hunger Games. I think she hit her mark! I would highly recommend this book to any of the teens in my youth group.
Having read plenty of secular time travel books and deciding I didn't like them, I approached this series with some skepticism. And I still haven't made up my mind if time travelling is realistic/ethical/believable.
However, I did read all three instalments of this series and I very much enjoyed being taken back in time. Italy felt alive to me, the scenery, the costumes, the customs of the day just swept me up and enthralled me while transporting me back.
It felt like a wonderful historical read. But because it had the time travelling aspect, it also brought a wider dimension to bear by comparing present day roles and nuances to it. And I actually found the back and forth between time periods thought provoking and adding value to the story.
The characterization was deep and held true for all three books and I will keep these for my children to read when they are in high school. This series utilized creativity and imagination that opened up a window for me and made me want to re-enter Italy in this timeframe. Bravo!