City of Masks

City of Masks

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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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 240.4g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747595690
  • 9780747595694
  • 134,117

Review quote

'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 'The writing has a rich, lyrical quality and the plot is hugely imaginative' Waterstone's Guide to Kid's Booksshow more

About Mary Hoffman

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 more

Rating details

13,501 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 32% (4,324)
4 36% (4,916)
3 24% (3,179)
2 6% (765)
1 2% (317)

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I randomly came across this book and I'm so glad I did. I am yet to read the other books but this one is amazing even standing alone as I read it. Although the book is aimed at a younger audience it is an easy read and yet simply gripping. It was a year or so ago that I read this, and would happily read it again even though perhaps I ought to have out grown more
by Hope Locker
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