City of Masks
Set in Talia, a parallel world very similar to 16th-century Italy, the narrative follows Lucien, who in our world is very ill. Given a marbled notebook to use as a diary, the notebook is the unexpected means that transports Lucien to this dangerous new world; a world that thrills to the delight... show more
Set in Talia, a parallel world very similar to 16th-century Italy, the narrative follows Lucien, who in our world is very ill. Given a marbled notebook to use as a diary, the notebook is the unexpected means that transports Lucien to this dangerous new world; a world that thrills to the delight of political intrigue and where a life can be snuffed out with a flash of a merlino blade. The city of Bellezza (Venice in our world) is astonishingly evoked, with a filmic eye to detail, from the sensuousness of silks and velvets, to the thrill and danger of assassination attempts both and foiled and successful. The world of Talia is unforgettably and convincingly real.
Publish date: July 7th 2008
Pages no: 344
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Young Adult Fantasy
, Time Travel
Series: Stravaganza (#1)
--MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD-- I'm not much of a YA novels reader, but this book was suggested by a friend and deals with an alternate universe version of Italy, so I was curious to give it a check. Much to my surprise, I ended enjoying it quite a bit. The world building is really interesting and well...
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