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The Brilliant Death 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. If any of this interests you I highly recommend picking this up 19th century Italy inspired world mafia family political intrigue unique magic system queer main character genderfluid love interest 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 Well this book was most thoroughlywait for itBRILLIANT oh please you absolutely knew I was going to say that I was given an opportunity and I took it I was absolutely in love with the premise as soon as I heard about it and it turned out to be everything I want in a fantasy It absolutely kicked it s way past generic doors and gave us what we crave queer narrators, strong family ties, really interesting and different world building, magic that s sometimes soft and sometimes terr Well this book was most thoroughlywait for itBRILLIANT oh please you absolutely knew I was going to say that I was given an opportunity and I took it I was absolutely in love with the premise as soon as I heard about it and it turned out to be everything I want in a fantasy It absolutely kicked it s way past generic doors and gave us what we crave queer narrators, strong family ties, really interesting and different world building, magic that s sometimes soft and sometimes terrible, and the absolute sweetest and most cunning characters ever Sweet AND cunning is my favourite combination I will just smoosh this book to my heart It is Brilliant Also I m freaking relieved to see it s got sequels coming because that ending was not where I am to be left Do not leave me like this I listened to the audiobook, which 10 10 would recommend However this is going to leave me in this really awkward place where I have legit no idea how to spell anything Lmao Please forgive me If left to myself, I would ve said the narrators were Tao Dro and Cello instead of Teodora and Cielo But I loved the narrator and she did amazing accents and really recommend First things first, super super stoked to have a fantasy starring a genderfluid narrator AND the love interest is genderfluid I can t speak on any of this from experience, but I just feltit was really beautifully done I loved how Teo talked about, when they were in boy form, that they weren t in disguise They were themselves Just changed The book really talks about change too a lot, how you can be scared of it and embrace it Both Teo and Ceilo use him her throughout the story and they are attracted to each the whole time too It s justqueer fantasy plsAlso I just found this super perfect article by the author on why they wrote Teo Ceilo This is a love letter to the author s identity and their partner yeahemotions from me afjdkasd i love ownvoices stories, i love that they got to tell their truth like this The characters just so easily stole my heart.From Teo being such a Gryffindor with a good dash of scheming, and then to Cielo, who was a bit of an enigma but so adorable and pointy and opinionated and stubborn I loved Cielo so bad omg They loved their magic and taught Teo how to love it Basically Cielo shapeshifts the whole book, even into rain and clouds Teo s power wasfocused on changing people into objects Which really reminded me of Holly Black s Curseworker books But ok ok I can move past that And omg I loved them together They made each other the best they could be And Teo being Cielo s anchor just ajfdklsd gave me far too many emotions for my cold dead heart.I did not come here to feel things But I felt many things Definitelythan three The plot has everything too, wow did they cover it all.I mean is it a YA fantasy without a masquerade scene But we also have a journey, and a castle with like an epic fantasy Italian esque mafia family, and Teo ends up in the city to scheme against the Capo There are gods and the church, and superstition and possible invaders THERE IS SO MUCH FOOD And there is so so much strega that s the term for the magicians witches in the book magic and lore that I so appreciated The basic underline is There is WORLD BUILDING and it manages to be rich without being info dumpy which is a true freaking blessing My only very small thing to note is It did feel a bit overpacked at times Like there was a lot going on and then at the end we had to just push through a ton to wrap up all these threads And leaving view spoiler Ceilo with just.nothing for so so much of the ending drove me mad I didn t get how Teo was just like oh yeah I saved my dad and literally left Ceilo in the woods with my insane bro, but it ll be fine and she didn t go back for him THEY HAD TO FIND HER I JUST hide spoiler And the writingohhh can I just say how exquisitely lush it was It s the kind of writing that overtakes your senses and pulls you deeply into the story with details, tastes, sounds and smells The softness of a moment, the colour of an emotion, the detail of fingertips on stoneit caught all of that And it was just gorgeously done Rich and vivid I love this style LOVE it.Basically, idek why you re still here and not madly running away to marry this book I mean I am ok I loved these two kids with their aching craving to be accepted for who they are, to use magic and to love fiercely and openly It gave us a world where boys couldn t be together and girls couldn t rule as head of their Families and magic was called wrong And then it gave us two characters who did not stand for that and fought beautifully and openly and turned stones into flowers and loved each other to make up for anyone who would dare reject them It s good, ok So good I wanted to love this one bc the queer rep was AMAZING, but I d be lying if I said the plot didn t have my eyes glazing over for 90% of the book It takes a lot for me to like fantasy and this just didn t do it for me womp non binary leads in a pre unification Italy mafioso family fantasy aw yiss Normally, when I read a book, theI read, theI understand In this case, theI read, the less I saw the point of this story The beginning sounded exciting a mafia daughter with hidden abilities has an important mission to accomplish and is helped by another power wielding boy girl who she falls for.But I didn t care about any of the secondary characters Even the villain wasn t really a villain and not very surprising Cielo, the person Teo falls for, who can change between boy Normally, when I read a book, theI read, theI understand In this case, theI read, the less I saw the point of this story The beginning sounded exciting a mafia daughter with hidden abilities has an important mission to accomplish and is helped by another power wielding boy girl who she falls for.But I didn t care about any of the secondary characters Even the villain wasn t really a villain and not very surprising Cielo, the person Teo falls for, who can change between boy and girl, was quite elusive, so much that I lost interest in her after a while And I didn t understand why his her pronoun wasn t them I didn t understand his her character very well to be honest.It s a shame because I thought this author s ECHO AFTER ECHO was fantastic and original TheI think about it, theI want to re read it But this was messy and weird The magic had little to no back story The thing about the brilliant death was er odd But above everything, I just didn t care about the plot any after the halfway point and didn t bother finishing the last 100 pages Teo was fine, and so was the writing, but everything else wasn t worth reading about.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin Amy Rose Capetta called her partner her very own sexy magic tutor in the acknowledgements and your loss if you don t want to read a book about sexy magic tutors, magic that can turn men into objects, and gay buddy read with felix and bad memory Amy Rose Capetta called her partner her very own sexy magic tutor in the acknowledgements and your loss if you don t want to read a book about sexy magic tutors, magic that can turn men into objects, and gay buddy read with felix and bad memory 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 onetrinket added to Teo s collection You d better learn it fast while Teo s around, no one screws with the di Sangros.Hell yeah.From there, a bigger fantasy world opens up, filled with stregas and 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 onetrinket added to Teo s collection You d better learn it fast while Teo s around, no one screws with the di Sangros.Hell yeah.From 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 itandwhen a magically poisoned letter arrives and leaves her father dying The book blends magic and politics really well Teo must quickly 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 have.But you want to know what really made me like this book I meanthan 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 wonderful.Much of the story is about being a girl, not quite being a girl, and defining yourself outside of other people s expectations The quiet 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 This was so freaking interesting A story following a genderqueer 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 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 This was so freaking interesting A story following a genderqueer 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 queerness 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 quite 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 There are 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 hadof Teo s love for her family 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 releases8 October 2018.Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube


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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