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Stravaganza, Book Three
by Mary Hoffman
Reviewed January 2, 2006.
Available at Sembach Library (J MCN F HOF).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#8, Young Adult Fantasy Fiction)
Here’s the third installment in the Stravaganza series, and it’s as absorbing and interesting as the first two. It would be best to read these in order, since they do build on one another.
All of the Stravaganza
books involve travelers between twenty-first century
In this book, preparations are being made for a grand wedding of four di Chimici couples—a powerful family like the Medici in our history. There are plots within plots. The Nucci family is feuding with the di Chimici, and the head of the di Chimici wants to take over all of Talia, taking Bellezza by marrying the Duchessa.
Mary Hoffman gets us interested in the characters and the intrigue and going back and forth between worlds. All of the characters from the previous books are back, trying to keep violence from happening at the wedding.
This is a
quite different from a typical fantasy story. People
who like things Italian will enjoy this book, even
if they don’t
normally read fantasy.
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