The Brilliant Death

The Brilliant Death

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Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Nobody knows she's a strega--and she aims to keep it that way.

The she meets Cielo--and everything changes.

A strega who can switch outward form as effortlessly as turning a page in a book, Cielo shows Teodora what her life could be like if she masters the power she's been keeping secret. And not a moment too soon: the ruler of Vinalia has poisoned the patriarchs of the country's five controlling families, including Teodora's father, and demands that each family send a son to the palace.

If she wants to save her family, Teodora must travel to the capital--not disguised as a boy, but transformed into one. But the road to the capital, and to bridling her powers, is full of enemies and complications, including the one she least expects: falling in love.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780451478443
0451478444
Branch Call Number: TEEN CAP
Characteristics: 330 pages :,maps

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AveryG_KCMO Apr 25, 2019

I would have loved to read this book when I was coming out as a teen, but I appreciate the place it holds in the world even more now that I'm an older reader. There's magic, kingdoms, gender-fluidity, and a strong plot-driven storyline. The (queer) romance captures the immediate intensity of a first love and will take you back to your first relationship -- or you'll fall in love with the love interest. I usually have a hard time with fantasty *cheesiness,* but this one really sucked me in when the plot got going. Don't pass this up just because you think you're too old for a teen book. (You're not!)

OPL_KrisC Nov 07, 2018

Action-packed and full of intrigue, The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta is an Italian-inspired fantasy that blends magic and politics along and adds in some gender fluid characters.

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AveryG_KCMO Apr 25, 2019

AveryG_KCMO thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

OPL_KrisC Nov 07, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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