It’s the Carnevale of 1750 and Venice’s ballrooms, theatres, palazzos and squares are filled with delicious gossip, devilish fun and dangerous games. In this glittering masked world, everyone has a secret…
Set in an age of decadence made famous by Casanova, Masquerade uncovers the secrets of seven teens, from the highest aristocrat to the lowest servant – their dreams, desires, loves, loyalties … and betrayals.
All the world’s a stage. Let the show begin.
Firstly, the cover. How amazing is it! I love taking pictures with this book (and a mask) just because it’s beautiful.
Secondly, the story was absolutely amazing! There are so many plot twists, it’s difficult to predict what will come next, and when you think you know, the story takes a different turn. There’s mystery, intrigue, forbidden romance, hidden identities,cross-dressing, deception and masks, of course! The cast of characters is huge, but they’re all very interesting to read. There’s a character list at the beginning of the book, but it makes more sense as you read.
It’s set in 18th century Venice, which I knew nothing about, but being the historical lover I am, I’m determined to find out more about it. The book feels extremely well researched, with all the places described being extremely realistic and vivid. I guess it does help if you know context for this time period, but it’s not necessary. It also might help if you a) speak/know Italian or b) refer to the glossary at the back of the book, because I didn’t realise there was a glossary until afterwards which is annoying, but that’s beside the point. The only Italian there is in this book is when the characters are conversing or referring to one another.
There are epigraphs at the beginning of each “act” and I thought it was pretty cool how the author incorporated these into the book, because Shakespeare also sets some of his plays in Venice (you know, Merchant of Venice, Othello, etc.). They also provide a hint for what might come next.
The only thing I was disappointed with was the ending. For me, it was anti-climatic, especially with all the events that occur prior to the climax. In saying so, everything else about this book was truly amazing.
You should definitely pick this book up, whether you love historical fiction, or you want a book with something that will blow your mind. This book is a must read for everyone.