Original Title: City Of MasksYA. Fantasy fiction. Imagine you are one moment ill in bed, and the next transported to a world that is awash with deception, intrigue and glamour. This is exactly what happens to Lucien. In a spine-tingling discovery, Lucien finds out that he is in fact a 'Stravagante' - somebody who, with the help of a talisman, can transport himself in time and place. But that is not all - in his new-found world it appears that he is integral to saving the city, Belleza, from disaster. Swishing velvet, glittering masks, political intrigue and treachery, a demanding and imperious Duchessa - Mary Hoffman has combined all of these and more to create the wonderful world of sixteenth-century Bellezza. Inspired by Venice, the city is filled with an extraordi- nary richness that touches all the senses.