(From the publisher):
This charming tale of adventure opens in 1731 with the launch of the Passarola, a peculiar airship, from the ramparts of a castle in Lisbon. Invented by Bartolomeu Lourenço to escape the intellectually stultifying climate of Portugal, the airship whisks him and his brother Alexandre away as they travel from the salons and bordellos of Ancien Régime Paris to the desolate far reaches of the North Pole in search of scientific truth. Leaving behind their parents in Brazil and Alexandre’s beautiful love interest, Maria, a lady-in-waiting at the Portuguese court, they encounter some of the most colorful characters in eighteenth-century Europe, from the loquacious Voltaire to the irascible King Stanislaus of Poland. But their valorous quest for knowledge is threatened by the condemnation of Portugal’s Cardinal Conti, who views their scientific quest as a heresy.
Original title: Passarola Rising
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 18th Century
Fiction→ Adventure→ Picaresque