Part one of the acclaimed “Stravaganza series”.
“The story is strong and involving, with plenty of intrigue and adventure in this fascinating alternate Venice.” – Locus
Hoffmann has created a viable alternative world with a Venice that is not quite Venice but that still retains all the romance associated with exquisite masquerades and court politics … Lucien/Luciano’s dilemma is wholly convincing, and the atmosphere of the decadent, elegant city that worships the sea is deftly evoked.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This competent time-travel-alternate-world novel scores high marks for world-building … Sure-handed plotting and a satisfying ending will draw readers.” – Voya
“Lovers of historical fiction and fantasy will be intoxicated by this rich descriptions and elaborate settings.” – Ohio Library Media Connection
“Hoffmann has created a dazzling world; vibrant characters; and a wondrous story of politics, intrigue, and youthful romance.” – School Library Journal