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The Lion's Eye

(2006)
(The first book in the Ilario series)
A novel by

 
 
'We are so often a disappointment to the parents who abandon us ... '

Ilario is born hermaphrodite, a true genetic chimera. Found abandoned on the steps of a chapel of the Green Christ, in one of the minor Iberian kingdoms, on a freezing snowy night, Ilario is fostered by Federico, an impoverished Iberian noble, who plans to gift Ilario to the king, hoping to gain favour at court. At the age of 15, Ilario joins King Roderigo as the King's Freak, but while learning the ways of the court, Illario has another lesson to study: abandonment and betrayal. For Rosamunda, Ilario's birth mother, has arrived - and the secret of Ilario's shameful birth must be kept hidden, lest the resulting scandal ruin Rosamunda's husband, Videric, the king's most powerful advisor. When Ilario is freed by the king, he/she is summoned by Rosamunda. And when her attempt to murder her child fails, Rosamunda whispers 'Run ... ' And Ilario does ... across the Mediterranean, to Carthage.


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Hardback Editions

November 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ilario: The Lion's Eye (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Author(s): Mary Gentle
ISBN: 0-575-07661-5 / 978-0-575-07661-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

December 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ilario: The Lion's Eye (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Author(s): Mary Gentle
ISBN: 0-575-08041-8 / 978-0-575-08041-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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June 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ilario: The Lion's Eye: A Story of the First History, Book One (Ilario, A Story of the First History)
Author(s): Mary Gentle
ISBN: 0-06-082183-3 / 978-0-06-082183-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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November 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ilario: The Lion's Eye (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Author(s): Mary Gentle
ISBN: 0-575-07660-7 / 978-0-575-07660-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

August 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ilario: The Lion's Eye
Author(s): Mary Gentle
Publisher: Gateway
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August 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ilario: The Lion's Eye
Author(s): Mary Gentle
Publisher: Gateway
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October 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Ilario: The Lion's Eye: A Story of the First History, Book One (Ilario, A Story of the First History 1)
Author(s): Mary Gentle
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon