Monday, 23 January 2012

City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

Synopsis (from

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.

 What I Have to Say 

This is the first book in the wonderful Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman. I first read this book when I was pretty young. I fell in love instantly with both the world that she had created and with the city of Venice, though I fear that when I do finally get to Venice (which should be soon \o/) it will be a disappointment in comparison to the beautiful city of Bellezza that Hoffman describes.  I just love the world she's created too much.

The series is still going and the next book in the series is due to come out this year. Go and check it out. There's time to read the books so far before the next one comes out.


  1. I loved her latest, David, so I should probably check this series out.

  2. Hmm, this looks exceedingly interesting. I think I've heard of this. (Notes to purchase a copy at some point) :)

  3. Oh you read them as well! I loved them, I read city of stars first because I received it, then bought city of masks and city of flowers. I've still got city of secrets in my TBR shelf and I need to buy city of ships. Which one did you prefer? I think mine is City of stars so far.

  4. Oh you read them as well ;) I first received city of stars and I found it so brilliant that I bought city of masks and city of flowers. City of secrets is on my TBR shelf and i still need to buy city of ships. Which one is your favourite? I think mine is city of stars so far.

  5. Oh City of Stars is such a good one! And Flowers. And Secrets!! And Ships!

    Don't make me choose!! They're all so good! I love them all.