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Stravaganza - City of Ships Kindle Edition
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In many ways this is very similar to the high school story genre, where a young woman turns from a geeky, lonely girl into a popular, happy and confident student. On the other hand, there is a serious diversion from the genre here as the transformation is due to the double life she leads in another world and safely avoids the banality of many of the other coming of age books. City of Ships will nevertheless still appeal to female readers with its succession of handsome boys and romance budding between many of the characters. If you're looking for plenty of action this will probably not be the book for you as the author dwells on character growth rather than on a rapid pace.Read more ›
The country of Talia is just as, if not more, beautiful as our Italy - I wish I could go there.
I knew the cities of the previous books, but have never been to either Ravenna or Classe - now I feel I don't need to, as Mary Hoffman has brought them to life in a quite incredible way. Her ability to merge past and present is quite marvellous, and her understanding of teenagers of today is amazing - wonderful books for all ages.
Just right. Light, enagaging and thrilling. I would recommend it to anyone, and a great deal through amazon.
The town of Classe felt different to the rest of the cities in Talia and this might be because of the pirates and sea-faring espionage. The pace seemed to move a lot quicker and there was always the sense of impending danger to what appears quite a vulnerable province. I enjoyed the battle scenes on the sea because it was so different to the previous duals and sword fights in Talia but, admittedly, I did find it difficult to keep track of which ship was on which side.
Another refreshing part to this story is how the talismans have evolved. The present day Stravagante work more as a team and want to help their newest recruit, Isabel, understand as much as possible about Talia. Indeed, Hoffman throws a few surprises in along the way and whilst I don’t want to ruin it the for other people, I have to stay it made the book just that even more fantastical and enjoyable. I enjoyed the freedom that the Stravagante seem to have and the unpredictability of the journeys means that I just cannot predict how the sixth (and final?) instalment will develop.
I’m relieved that ‘City of Ships’ had more of a unique plot as I always feel that a long series is in danger of becoming repetitive.Read more ›
There may be a spoiler for a potential next book (I hope so!!!!) somewhere in the pages, but I'll leave you to find that. Everyone you would want is here in the book, the loveable Rodolfo, the handsome Lucien, Georgia, Sky, Matt, but its never complicated, and it is all executed beautifully. There's an amazong revelation about Stravagation in the book and if that is not enough - there's Pirates too! Real ones!
There is one thing I would seriously recommend first though. If you are reading these books to your children, read it yourself first because you will soon loose yourself in the book. I devoured it completely in one day!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
again, i love this entire series. they do seem to get steadily darker as it continues though. theres a fairly gritty sea battle in this one which borders on the gory. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dominique M.
This is a fantastic story, well written, full of suspense and twists. You'll fall in love with all the characters.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by Sara Duncan
Loved it , it is a great book will always want to read it ! If I were you have a look at it because it is AMAZING!
have bought the series and this is a great book / series. I can't wait for the next one. service from vendor was very very good.Published on 10 May 2013 by Dulwich mum
This is the fifth of a series of fantasies about twentieth-century London teenagers, translated to a parallel world in 16th century 'Talia' (Italy). Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2011 by Amazon Customer
The story of this book has to be one of my favourites in the series, as you follow Isabel's journey as a stravagante. Read morePublished on 1 May 2011 by Ms. C. A. Hazell
Isabel is about to join a secret club called the Stravaganti. The Stravaganti are a group of high school students in London who travel back in time to a place similar to... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2011 by TeensReadToo
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