City of Masks (Stravaganza #1)

Author(s): Mary Hoffman

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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.

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Striking new jacket look will reinvigorate the series Repackaged to tie in with the thrilling brand new book in the Stravaganza series: City of Secrets

'City of Masks is a poignant, touching and exciting novel, difficult to put down. This is one of the best time-slip stories that I have read in recent years. Without doubt a masterwork of contemporary children's literature.' Edgardo Zaghini, Children's Literature Officer, Booktrust 'One of the most exciting adventures I've read in years.' Wendy Cooling, Best Books for Christmas in the Children's Bookseller

Mary Hoffman is a bestselling children's author and reviewer. She is the author of the picture book Amazing Grace, which is an international bestseller. She is a complete aficionado of Italy - all her love for Italy has been infused into this series. Mary is also the editor of Armadillo, a children's review magazine. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in West Oxfordshire.

General Fields

  • : 9780747595694
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : May 2008
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2008
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mary Hoffman
  • : Paperback
  • : 4
  • : 823.914
  • : 352
  • : Fiction
  • : Illustrations