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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747592535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747592532
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The narrative brims with breathtaking twists and turns. The descriptions of Talia are outstanding' --The School Librarian

About the Author

Mary Hoffman is an acclaimed children's author and critic. She is the author of the internationally bestselling picture book Amazing Grace. Her Stravaganza Sequence for Bloomsbury has its own fan forum and Stravaganza - City of Secrets, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The Falconer's Knot was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in West Oxfordshire.


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As a 23 year old I still love this series. I started at just 12 (or thereabouts) and am still enjoying them. Maybe not as much as when I started the series, but they'll always hold a place in my heart.
It's an uplifting read about friendship, relationships and finding yourself and creates a world that you can transport yourself away to. Every time I read any of the Stravaganza books I am transported to this world of magic that Mary Hoffman has created

This book encompasses science fiction, history, magic and Italy. Some of my favourite things, all in one delightful read. If you’re expecting something complex and an antagonist who turns up at every corner, ready to thwart the protagonists plans with well thought out plans that leave you on the edge of your seat, then you will be disappointed, but if you just want a read that’s enjoyable, slightly different than the normal science fiction, and characters that you can really get behind, then this is it! The plot flows nicely, like I say, there is nothing too complex, but maybe that isn’t a bad thing?

The story constantly changes perspectives, telling the story from different character’s narratives, and it was great to be able to follow the thoughts and actions of characters who were not the main character but still intrinsic to the plot. It allows the reader to form bonds with characters that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

My main issue is that sometimes the conversation seems a little stilted and forced. This can make it a little bit difficult to relate to the characters, which in turn can make the characters seem a little emotionless with what could have been big moments for character development getting ‘glossed over’.
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City of Ships is the fifth book of the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman. Isabel is the latest heroine to journey to Talia, another world's version of sixteenth century Italy. All the other Stravaganzas have been called there in order to save the day and it would seem she is destined to do the same. She arrives in the city of Classe, which is on the brink of war. The evil Di Chiminci family, who have been the enemy in past books, are seeking to assert their dominance over the last independent cities. To do so the Duke has made an alliance with the savage Gate people who will attack the allied cities of Classe and Bellaza by sea. Isabel arrives as the two prepare their fleets before the invasion. As yet she does not know what role she will play but she knows that, like Stravaganzas before her, a time will come when she is faced with a decision that will change the course of the war. Until that time she can sink into this new life where during the day she's at home or school but when night comes and she's asleep she will travel back into the renaissance where adventure awaits.

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.
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What can I say, the City of Ships is as amazing as all the Stravaganza books - if you haven't read them yet do - but read them in order if you can, as the same characters keep appearing in each book - which means you get to know and like them even more with each book.
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.
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Mary Hoffman has done it again with her usual style. I was immediately hooked by the plot, and fell in love with the new characters. I was really happy that all the old characters still featured though because I was worried that this far along in a series some might just get dropped. :D I was wrong. City of Ships had me on the edge of my seat as every twist brought the Stravaganti and Co. closer and closer to loosing their lives...Read on for a battle to rival the one in City of Flowers!

Just right. Light, enagaging and thrilling. I would recommend it to anyone, and a great deal through amazon.
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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. i love them though, great adventure novels
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