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City of Masks Lucien is seriously ill but his life is transformed when an old Italian notebook gives him the power to become a stravagante a time traveller with access to 16th century Italy He wakes up in Bellezza Venice during carnival time and meets Arianna a girl his own age who is disguised as a boy in the hope of being selected as one of the Duchessa's mandoliers Arianna gives Lucien her boy's clothing and he is selected as a mandolier himself becoming a friend of fellow stravagante Rodolfo the Duchessa's lover and saving the Duchessa's life when she is threatened by an assassin hired by the powerful di Chimici family For state occasions the Duchessa uses her maid Giuliana as a body double but Guiliana commits the fatal mistake of revealing the secret to her fiance Enrico and a seuence of devastating conseuences unravels Meanwhile Lucien has met the original stravagante the Elizabethan alchemist William Dethridge and he begins to understand that he may be called to follow in his footsteps


About the Author: Mary Hoffman

Mary LassiterMary Hoffman is a bestselling British author and reviewer born in 1945 She is a true enthusiast of Italy and spends a lot of her time there which shows in her Stravaganza novels a series currently in publication In total she has written over 80 books including the aforementioned Stravaganza series and the bestselling picture book Amazing Grace Mary is also the editor of a review magazine Armadillo for kids



10 thoughts on “City of Masks

  1. says:

    Cute That a the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book Cute and mostly harmless Adorable and sweet but unfortunately just not too memorable Like a decent fast food meal it's satisfying but not too nutritiousThis is a story of a teenage boy dying from cancer in contemporary England who accidentally discovers a way to travel to an alternate reality that closely resembles


  2. says:

    Unfortunately this is another example of a great concept ruined by bad storytelling Our 'protagonist' and I use that lightly is Lucian a boy with cancer who discovers he can travel to a different world a pseudo Venice as it were through the acuisition of a magical notebook However this ability is never really the foundation of the plot; instead Miss Hoffman tends to write where the wind takes


  3. says:

    75 out of 10 Ревью в моем блогеThis review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives please use ChromeYandex browser or AndroidIOS to see the page; otherwise spoiler tags I use to make my post compact may not workShort SoundtrackNilda Fernandez – L'invitation à VenisePaul Cardall – The TravelerLucas Vidal – New Found LifeGenre AU historical fantasy teen ish YAStuff time travels AU Italy


  4. says:

    This year I'm doing a Reading Challenge; so I have 26 books with specific subjects that I need to readBook 24 A book set somewhere you really want to visitIt's been long since a dream for me to visit Venice As a little girl I was always mesmerized by the beauty of its watery streets colorful city scape and mosaics This wanderlust have not since diminishCity of Masks gave me an opportunity to visit not only


  5. says:

    This is a book from my childhood circa age 11 that I am so happy to have picked up again now I'm not even really that interested in Italy but I certainly dig the idea of inter dimensional space and time travel I'm re reading all of the books in the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman in accordance to the release of the newest seuel City of Sercrets So far I've read City of Masks and I started City of Stars last nig


  6. says:

    DNF at 22%I was very excited to start this one because one of my all time favorite concepts is TIME TRAVEL There's nothing better than the fascination one gets when they find themselves in another place in another time be it in the future or in the past I love that sense of awe and wonder characters get in such books I think it's related to my love for both history and traveling so you really can't blame me for the major


  7. says:

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars maybe even 35Wait what?? uite a low rating to be on an all time favourites list I know I won’t lie objectively this series may not be the best ever written Frankly I am not even sure I am capable of judging them in that aspect I read these books together with my mother when I was probably 11 My mother was already very sick and the memories we spent taking turns reading pages to eachother are ones that


  8. says:

    recently re read this series for the hundredth or so time and once again the story did not fail to draw me in Original fascinating exciting love it


  9. says:

    Summary view spoilerLucien Mulholland isn’t what you’d call a normal boy Despite becoming ill from a tumor and recovering from chemotherapy Lucien’s life was somewhat normal compared to the situation he finds himself in now For after being given a red and purple marbled notebook by his father as a gift Lucien falls asleep only to dream of the floating city of Bellezza where his adventures beginArianna may be the daughter of all Torrone


  10. says:

    In modern day London Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments due to the cancer plaguing his body but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him he is transported or stravagated to an enchanting 16th century Venice like city called Bellezza in the country TaliaLucien can return only if he can get hold of the book again while thinking of Belleza In this colorful other world rich with court intrigues and magi


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