Renfred's Masquerade

Renfred s Masquerade Young Nicola Gregori has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father a brilliant clock maker who s famous for his wild fantastical designs But his father instead sends him to school to le

  • Title: Renfred's Masquerade
  • Author: Hayden Thorne
  • ISBN: 9781466483903
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Young Nicola Gregori has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a brilliant clock maker who s famous for his wild, fantastical designs But his father instead sends him to school to learn practical matters Nicola, stricken with infantile paralysis that left him with a deformed right leg, becomes an object of mockery and cruel jokes in school He learYoung Nicola Gregori has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a brilliant clock maker who s famous for his wild, fantastical designs But his father instead sends him to school to learn practical matters Nicola, stricken with infantile paralysis that left him with a deformed right leg, becomes an object of mockery and cruel jokes in school He learns that in order to survive his daily ordeals, he needs to vanish in the crowd, to stop aspiring, to stop dreaming, and above all, to believe himself unworthy of respect and love.Tragedy strikes when Nicola turns sixteen Gustav Renfred, an old friend of his father, takes on Nicola as his charge and whisks him away to an isolated islet filled with empty mansions and bordered by a bluebell forest There Nicola slowly learns about the tragic history that tightly weaves together the fates of Jacopo Gregori, Gustav Renfred, and Gustav s twin sister, Constanza.Magic, impossible dreams, and unrequited love come together in Ambrosi, the Renfreds mansion, where Nicola is caught up in a world of haunting portraits, a ghostly housekeeper, and the mysterious disappearance of Davide, Constanza s adopted son When Nicola s invited to one of Renfred s magical masquerades, he discovers the answers to riddles as well as the mounting danger that the Renfred family faces with every passing hour With the masquerades existence depending on the physical and mental strength of an ailing Renfred, the task of solving the mystery of Davide s disappearance before time runs out falls on Nicola s shoulders, and he has no choice but to depend on things he s long learned to suppress courage, self respect, and the desire to aim for impossible goals.

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    1. I didn't think it possible for me to love a book any more than I loved Hayden Thorne's Twilight Gods, that is until I read Renfred's Masquerade. I did make it through the majority of the book without shedding a tear, but once the waterworks started, they didn't stop. This story is so emotionally gripping and so powerful that it's messages will surely resonate for months, if not years, to come.Nicola Gregori is a young boy who's afflicted with a disability--a withered leg that causes him to walk [...]

    2. I was going to shelve this book in the m/m read and/or romance, but I think that would be a COMPLETE disservice to this VERY excellent book. I think I need to make it clear that this book is so far away from my usual genre that I may sound odd writing a review like this. First with the characters There are very few in this story, but each and every one of them is painted so clearly. Their foibles and folly's are clear too. I really liked the lead. He was someone who just jumped out of the page t [...]

    3. Hmmmm I'm on the line on this one I have to say up front that I'm not a big historical reader And this story is historical SO Criteria It was really hard to separate story and character's in this review both seemed reliant on each other to grow, which in my opinion is the sign of a very well crafted book.Characters - Well developed all the main players are very artfully written The turmoil in the lead is fully developed and enables the reader to be the lead The main secondary characters are well [...]

    4. This may just be my favorite of Hayden's novels. There's just so much magic here. The story is the kind that you can read out loud - the kind that weaves a quiet, tantalizing spell. It has more self-awareness than the fairy-tale, and speaks to its readers in a way that shows just how much depth it can get out of its basic premise. Every character feels nuanced. The plot of the story weaves a touch of historic Italy in with a touch of magic, nodding both to the romantic fairy tales of old and the [...]

    5. Firstly, this has the most gorgeous cover art of anything I have ever seen I could stare at it all day long. Seriously. Thorne's ability to create landscapes so perfectly detailed and vibrant is a gift unto itself. Her ability to produce fully realized characters is genius. A beautifully rendered story of the the mistakes people make and the power that the belief in magic can heal regret and create hope.

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