Summary: Lucien is very ill, he has cancer. Lucien soon realises that he is a ‘Stravagante’ and he can travel between worlds with the help of a talisman. In the other world (Bellezza) he isn’t ill and stuck in bed all day, he’s fit and well. Set in sixteenth century Bellezza inspired by modern-day Italy, this is a story like no other!
Why I read this book: I’ve read this book twice, once when I was in year nine and then recently for inspiration for my own writing.
Why I liked this book: The setting is what made me fall in love with this book. Lucien travels to Talia a country which we would now see as modern-day Italy. With its many traditions and rich history combined with delicately threaded descriptions of the city, the reader falls in love with everything about this other world. Hoffman has created an inspiring blend of historical and magical mayhem.
Other comments: The struggles between modern-day London and Bellezza are similar as Lucien struggles to find his identity in Bellezza, his new friend in Bellezza also isn’t much wiser. This book is perfect for you if you like fantasy or if you like stories that are fast paced and set across two worlds.
Stravaganza: City of Masks was written by Mary Hoffman