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The Brilliant Death For Teodora DiSangro a mafia don’s daughter family is fateAll her life Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes mirrors and other decorative objects After all everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales Nobody believes they’re realThen the Capo the land’s new ruler sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill To save him Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy but transformed into one Enter Cielo a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart As she falls in love with witty irascible Cielo Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature But she can’t forget her mission and the closer they get to the palace the sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost I've thought about it and while a lot of the premise of this book sounds amazing as an Italian person the mafia element makes me way too uncomfortable to even consider reading it Someone hey Me busy being emotionally invested in this 19th century mafia story featuring genderfluid shape shifters an amazing ueer romance and an iconic and unabashed obliteration of the concept of gender binary shhh please be uiet So what’s this book about? Teodora di Sangro the daughter of a mafia don pays for the safety of her family with the coin of her own conscience parceled out every time she wields her secret magic—a shadow talent of turning her father’s enemies into decorative objects—until that purse is empty at last To Teo “family is fate” and family comes with very strict lines and dedicated pigeonholes for everyone and a burn of bitterness at the knowledge that her vindictive eldest brother should inherit the title that should have been hers with none of the hardship that had made her so desperate for it When another high lord sends out poisoned letters to the dons of the five families including her father in a desperate clawing for advantage Teo must journey to the capital masuerading as the di Sangro heir to save her father but a simple disguise won’t doEnter Cielo a genderfluid shape shifting strega who will tutor Teo and help her uncover the truths about her magic that’s she’s been mining for like shaking dust from a tapestry of wonder But Teo and Cielo uickly find out that a uell board has been set up the game already in play and all they could trust in the shifting sands of the capital’s politics is each other “We’re not like them Or rather we are and we aren’t People hold a deep fear of complication”  Do you get all giddy at YA fantasy? Do you relish stories that blend magic and political intrigues? Are you craving new diverse and inclusive fiction? If you answered yes to all three of those uestions then this book is just for youThe Brilliant Death is a lively uick moving fantasy that makes sure readers know and like its characters well enough to care when threat comes for them The intimidating and intricate workings of the mafia life provide an intriguing backdrop for the action—and power is a tangle of threads that everyone wants to clench in their fists which ratchets up the tension and drives the novel to its bloody but satisfying conclusionAlthough The Brilliant Death sometimes flounders until it finds its footing characters seen only briefly early on in the book come to ends that don't feel necessary or earned villains lack enough depth and care and detail in their development and the story’s momentum suffers as a result of keeping a tight narrow focus on the romance between Cielo and Teo I wasn’t bothered enough to get thrown out of the story I was very engrossed in the exploration of gender identity and the pull of family and history and other powerful themes and I think therein rests the reward for seeing this book throughCielo and Teo are two sharp minds two fearless hearts thrust together by chance and bound together by a single purpose who discover that they have much in common than the magic pulsing through their veins Both identify as genderfluid and use their magic to pour with ease into and out of whatever shapes they please It was utterly nourishing to see them given enough space to explore and frankly discuss their sexuality and gender identity As Teo and Cielo bond together and we’re treated to a romance that illustrates the power of a well matched pairing the story pushes on the deepest uestions ingrained into their hearts and blossoms into a thoughtful emotionally complex and absorbing tale “Understanding rustled through me soft as leaves It wasn’t uite the same but I’d often felt I didn’t fit inside the boundaries of the word girl It reminded me of a country I could happily visit but the longer I stayed the I knew I couldn’t live there all the time There were moments when I sorely wished to be free of the confines of this body the expectations it seemed to carry”  Teodora’s arc in particular was incredible She was the daughter of a mafia don who had kept the face of the world veiled from her She was lost in the deep narrow space between the two forms girls were allowed to take but that only shored up her resolve to be than what was preordained for her speaking each want and ambition like a stone she built her future with I was rooting for her all alongAll uibbles aside The Brilliant Death was a solidly crafted and very engaging novel that has representation in sorely needed ways Teodora di Sangro’s life is built on secrets The Brilliant Death sucked me in pretty much instantly when the protagonist Teo di Sangro who is a strega waltzes onto the page and turns a man into a music box for threatening the well being of her family As it turns out this guy is just one trinket added to Teo's collection You'd better learn it fast while Teo's around no one screws with the di SangrosHell yeahFrom there a bigger fantasy world opens up filled with stregas and other Italian inspired elements like the mafia and it's leader or Capo Teo has long kept her magic a secret from her family but she is forced to use it and when a magically poisoned letter arrives and leaves her father dying The book blends magic and politics really well Teo must uickly learn to harness her magic for her family's sake though enemies are everywhere one even being her vindictive older brother Beniamo The dynamic first person prose keeps the pages turning at a fast pace; in fact I would argue that the book could have slowed down in parts but as criticisms go that's not a bad one to haveBut you want to know what really made me like this book? I mean than the strong writing charismatic narrator and fast paced political machinations? Cielo was a wild strega I was a di Sangro We could only lose each other CIELO Be still my beating heart I think I'm in love I didn't realize it before reading this book but a sexy gender fluid strega is absolutely what has been missing from my life Cielo is one of those characters You know the ones The mysterious kinda naughty cheeky characters who you can't help falling in love with And Cielo who sometimes appears as a boy and sometimes as a girl becomes Teo's magic tutor and the interactions between the two of them are wonderfulMuch of the story is about being a girl not uite being a girl and defining yourself outside of other people's expectations The uiet power of the book's conclusion left me with shivers down my spine I think the author leaves the story in a good place; only time will tell whether The Brilliant Death is a standalone or a series but for now at least it feels like the end Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube I had discovered a special way that women could be dangerous They were trained to play close attention to people To take them apart like Luca had done with his clockworks and study how they ran 3 12 stars This was so freaking interesting A story following a genderueer narrator who can turn people into boxes and her love interest who can literally magically switch sexes all set in a 19th century Italian inspired world by an Italian American author Like come on how can I even resist that? The Brilliant Death follows Teo who after her father is murdered is forced to journey to the capital of her state to attempt to save his life Along the way a form changing witch joins her She also turns several terrible men into inanimate objects which is something I am always here for Fundamental to this book is a discussion of denial of identity Lead character Teodora has both denied her identity as a witch and denied her complicated relationship with her gender I absolutely loved the coherency with which her arc around discovering herself tied together her character journey is one of my favorite aspects of this book And with this the book becomes a journey about hiding places and the way we can hide love and hide ueerness in plain sight There’s a clear avoidance of the inevitable outing which I almost expected throughout the book and I was incredibly impressed by how well Capetta handled this There is also a romance and it is fairly shockingly good Cielo the love interest is a bit of the Rogue Hero trope in the best way They sometimes appear as a boy and sometimes as a girl but are never uite either Sort of related the book’s utter refusal of gender is too powerful This is #ownvoices for both nonbinary characters and it is just so excellent Unfortunately there are also some cliche moments A death I didn’t like Some villain monologuing Plot is often forgotten for the admittedly very good romance Though the villains do have shades of well intentioned extremist they aren’t very memorable sisters Azzura and Delfina are the only exceptions I could have had of Teo’s love for her family And I did not vibe with some of the writing It's mostly really good and then sometimes sentences just feel weird I have to be honest though and say that my #1 favorite moment of this book was when Amy Rose Capetta called her partner Cori “my very own sexy magic tutor” in the acknowledgments I personally love romance ✨ Arc received via my local bookstore for an honest review releases 8 October 2018Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Brilliant Death
  • Amy Rose Capetta
  • English
  • 02 April 2016

About the Author: Amy Rose Capetta

Amy Rose Capetta the author of Echo After Echo holds a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts She lives in Vermont with her partner author Cori McCarthy and their young son

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