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The Brilliant Death

Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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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

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Amazing in so many ways!

Let's start with the narrator, because that is make or break for me. She was excellent, and the Italian accent was wonderful. She made me believe that she WAS the character she was reading at all times.
On to the story! What a captivating universe Amy builds for you!! So many moments had me stopping everything else I was doing, riveted and waiting to hear what happened next! There was a quote very close to the end that gave me absolute chills!!! I can only hope that there is more where this came from, because I absolutely loved the whole story!!!

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  • Jamie
  • 01-24-19

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.