The Son of the Sea

For many years, nothing important happened in the House. Then, the barbarians arrived.

A fourteen-year-old pig keeper finds himself enlisted in the legionaries of Rome to face the most terrible enemy of all time: Attila’s barbarians. Pietro will make a friend, Tito, and meet a great love, Giustina. He will have to disguise himself, be taken hostage, fight and even be fatally wounded by an enemy spatha. And in the end, he will contribute to founding a city destined to shine through the centuries and become famous throughout the world. The queen of the lagoon. Venice.

  • A story of adventure that describes an unknown time and a place.
  • Each chapter opens with an extraordinary tapestry illustrated in late Romanesque style that narrates a piece of history almost in “comic-book style”, creating a unique link between text and images.
GENRE Adventure / Historical
FIRST PUBLISHER Mondadori (Italy), 2022


Davide is not only a sci-fi and children’s author, but also a journalist and videogame translator. In 2018, Red Stars, one of his internationally successful books, won In Other Words – BookTrust’s Book in Translation Award in London. In 2017, he won the Italian Andersen Award with The Pocket Watch Gang, the adventure he dreams of having lived as a child. Then, in 2018, he was a finalist at Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in Germany. In 2019, he won the Prix des Bouquineurs en Seine in France and the Vlag and Wimpel in the Netherlands.