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The Brilliant Death

By: Amy Rose Capetta
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
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Summary

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.

©2018 Amy Rose Capetta (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"A delicious and magical intrigue too tempting not to devour." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"A highly original magic system and a protagonist who is as ruthless as she is fiery make for a fast-paced adventure." (School Library Journal, starred review)

“A unique mashup of fantasy, historical fiction, and queer romance...the kind of book you won't be able to stop talking about.” (Bustle)

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Beautiful & dangerous

I loved the setting and atmosphere of this book from the outset, the Italian mafia vibes and the vividness of the descriptions that made the landscape of the Ucelli seem like a character in its own right. It took me slightly longer to warm up to the characters but Teodora is an amazing protagonist, ruthless but loving, strong but unsure of her place, loyal but dreaming of more. She learns and grows so much over the course of the book! The genderfluid rep was just one more brilliant facet of the story, explored respectfully and naturally alongside the plot, and the romance was beautifully developed and perfectly balanced with the rest of the plot.

The audiobook narrator was also one of the best I've heard, perfectly suited to this book.

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