When fortunes fail, and feelings fade; when life's once-bright wonders turn to shades of gray, and your most precious treasures start to decay - what do you turn to then?
Sandrone Pavironica, better known as the Spice King, was the second wealthiest man in the exceedingly wealthy City of Masks, until the day his greatest triumph turned into his most devastating tragedy. As his estate crumbles around him and the weight of illusion becomes too much to bear, Sandrone is forced to question the existence of dark nights alongside sunny days, and what has been gained from a life of chasing after pleasure and gold. However, in a city where the inhabitants hide their true selves behind perfectly painted porcelain masks, where can he turn to find the answers he seeks?
A private feud reveals a silent war being waged against the city's unwitting residents, and with help from some unlikely friends, Sandrone comes to see the truth behind the idyllic facades cast in the lovely City of Masks: Welcome to the Masquerade!
©2013 Nate Groshan (P)2014 Nate Groshan
The narrator's first language is Italian allowing the English narration to further immerse the reader into the fictional Venice or "City of Masks".
It reminds me of Charles Dicken's novels because of the social commentary aspect while still telling a stand alone, attention captivating tale.
The court room scene is skillfully written, drawing a vivid picture which allows the reader to feel that he/she is in attendance.
"Come join the masquerade"
Looking forward to reading the sequel!
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