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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; paperback / softback edition (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747565007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747565000
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you enjoyed STRAVAGANZA: CITY OF MASKS then you will love returning to Talia in this exciting sequel. Featuring a flying horse, a fast and furious horse race, kidnapping and much intrigue, this is a great adventure' Grainne Cooney, Bookseller Teenage Reading Choice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mary Hoffman is a best-selling children's author and reviewer. She is the author of the picture book 'Amazing Grace' which is an international best-seller. Her first novel for Bloomsbury, 'Stravaganza: City of Masks' sold over 85,000 hardback copies pre-publication. She is a complete afficionado of Italy, and spends as much time as she can there - all her love for Italy has been infused into the Stravaganza series. She is currently doing an Italian literature course. Mary is also the editor of Armadillo, a children's revew magazine. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in Carterton, outside Oxford.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wrecky World on 3 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
Once again, we find ourselves travelling between England and Talia, which is located in a alternate world. Like the first book, the book has likable characters, dangerous adventures, and a Mary Hoffman's wonderful captivating writing style. You just can't go wrong with that combination. Moreover, this book is possibly even better than the first one because the characters are a little deeper: in the first book, the emphasis is on Talia and the alternate world; in the second book, it is more on the characters. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because although it is a very good book and definitely worth reading, it doesn't have an edge over other books in its category.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikaela on 27 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
City of Stars is the second book in Mary Hoffman's Stavaganza series. In it, we meet a tomboy named Georgia, whose life is being made into a complete misery by her older bullying step-brother, Russel. When Georgia's talisman finds her and takes her to Remora, the City of Stars Georgia is thrilled-especially since the city is anticipating the most exciting event in it's year the famous Stellata, where riders must ride their horses bareback around the square to bring honour to their twelth. Even the beautiful Duchessa of Bellezza is coming. However, Georgia is soon up to her neck in murder, mystery, love and danger!

City of Stars is my favourite book in the Stravaganza series and if you are wondering whether to buy this after being unsure about the last book, City of Masks, this book is definitely worth buying. The plot in the City of Stars just puts the City of Masks to shame, and you will fall in love with the new characters. Each of the characters follows their own individual story line, and the character developement is astounding. This series gets better and better the more it goes along -and you will not be dissappointed.

A read not to be missed. Brilliant.

Mikaela-B
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Continuing the series, `City of Stars' did not grip me as much as the first instalment to this trilogy. Whether this was because the action has moved away from Bellezza or because it had the theme of a horse racing running through it, this novel took me longer than I expected and I found at times that I was a little bored.

Don't get me wrong, Hoffman uses the same formula as the previous story and whilst the story is set in another Italian town, we are still reunited with Lucien from `City of Masks'. We are introduced to a new Stravagante, Georgia, and the author makes some clever links with her and Lucien in the present day. Unlike the first book in the series, it feels like there is a bit more of a focus on Georgia's present day life, and this intensifies as the plot develops.

Whilst I found the book less gripping than the first, the pace certainly picks up half way through and the tension and excitement builds. The number of characters does become a little confusing and at times you do need to pause and consult the family tree! I think it was this that did take away a bit of the enjoyment because you are having to work a bit more at the story, rather than just let it take you along.

Although I found this book a little disappointing, it is still worth a read if you enjoyed the first book in the series. I liked the continuation with characters and once again, Hoffman's descriptions do her credit with bringing this alternate, historic place in Italy to life.
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Format: Paperback
..here: City of Stars (Stravaganza), because you're going to want to keep this amazing book for years to come. Mary Hoffman has created a wonderful, rich world to escape into, and you'll want to revisit again and again (and at the time of writing, the hardback is actually cheaper than the paperback). Enjoy.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By albaldrewy on 14 July 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the 2nd book of the stravaganza series In this book you follow the story of georgia the next stravaganti (after lucien). Her Talisman is a winged horse which alows her to move between to worlds from are england to a place called remora (Siena)in the 16th centuary Talia (Italy). This book also includes Lucien and Arianna from stravaganza city of masks. This is a very good book i would advise buying.9/10.
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