The Brilliant Death

The Brilliant Death

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A young shapeshifter has to learn to control her powers, while simultaneously using them to disguise herself as a boy and confront the people who murdered her father.
Everyone in Vinalia knows that magic isn't real ... but Teodora has the power to turn her family's enemies into music boxes and other decorative objects. When the Capo, the land's new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son-- not disguised as a boy, but transformed into one-- to save her father's life. She meets Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female effortlessly. Journeying to the capital, Teo struggles to master her powers-- and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2018.
ISBN: 9780451478443
Branch Call Number: YAF CAPETTA, AMY
Characteristics: 330 pages : map ; 22 cm


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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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