In der uralten Lagunenstadt Venedig sind sie sich das erste Mal begegnet: die sechzehnjährige Milla, die von den Feuerleuten abstammt, und Luca aus dem Geschlecht der Wasserleute. Ihre Liebe zueinander ist seitdem nicht erloschen.
Als Milla nach Konstantinopel aufbricht, um ihren Vater Leandro zu suchen, begleitet Luca sie. Über Leandros Leben und Verschwinden liegt ein dunkles Geheimnis, das Milla nun endlich ergründen will. Die so lange herbeigesehnte Begegnung mit ihrem Vater verläuft jedoch anders als erwartet: Leandro scheint sich an nichts aus seiner Vergangenheit zu erinnern, auch nicht an Milla. Während das Feuermädchen verzweifelt herauszufinden versucht, was ihrem Vater das Gedächtnis geraubt hat, wird die Stadt von einem gewaltigen Erdbeben erschüttert. Fast zu spät wird Milla und Luca klar, dass nur der Bund aus Feuer und Wasser die Stadt am Bosporus retten kann. Ausgerechnet in der Stunde der höchsten Not wird ihre Liebe auf eine harte Probe gestellt, denn der gut aussehende Baumeister des Sultans scheint alles daranzusetzen, Millas Herz zu gewinnen ..
I don't think that this book is very different from the first one.
Basically, the plot of this book revolves around Milla, of the Firepeople, searching for her long-lost father and Luca, from the Waterpeople, is helping her because they love each other. They both realize that there is a great mystery surrounding her father's disappearance. They found a giant clue about his whereabouts in the end of of the last book, so they set off to Konstantinopel. This is where this story is taking place, still in the year 1509. But there are a lot of hidden dangers in Konstantinopel...
I don't think that I will have a lot to say about this book because I pretty much said everything about the characters and the writing style in the previous review of the first book. I will just quickly recap everything for this review. Milla is still the same as always: she is getting in trouble all the time and needs someone to rescue her. That someone is normally Luca. The question is why Milla always gets in trouble. The answer is that she gets angry really easily and has no patience whatsoever. Luca is the complete opposite though. He is the calm guy, he always thinks things through and doesn't let his anger show.
The writing style did not change at all. Everything was still written very dramatically and the sense of the writing style sounded kind of poetic. Brigitte Riebe used pretty long and unusual words to describe a simple situation. I think that I got used to reading this writing style because after a while the story started to outweigh the writing style.
I think that the ending could have been developed more because there was so much more that could have happened. There could have been a next book. I have a feeling that the ending was way too rushed and not everything was resolved.
These books were alright, but I don't think that I will read them again. If you enjoy historical-fiction and read German books I think that this book is worth a shot. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.