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Title:
The storm of life
ISBN:
9780451478474
Physical Description:
370 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Summary:
With her power over magic finally in hand, and her love for Cielo at last confessed, Teodora di Sangro should be on top of the world. But the country of Vinalia is in chaos as the dictator like Capo threatens to plunge them all into war and capture every strega in the land--including Teo and Cielo. Teo knows she can't take down the Capo alone. She must convince a small band of streghe who have been hiding in plain sight to join her in the cause. But as she struggles to bring them together, she discovers a far deadlier enemy than the Capo has been hunting her all along. Now everyone--especially Cielo--is in danger. What lengths will Teo go to in order to unite her country and save the one she loves? --
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The sumptuous and powerful conclusion to the gender-fluid duet begun by The Brilliant Death , hailed in a starred review by Kirkus as "a delicious and magical intrigue too tempting not to devour."

By turns thrilling, witty, and heartbreaking, this dramatic conclusion to the Brilliant Death duet transports us to a Vinalia on the verge of transformation and radiates with the electric power of love.

With her power over magic finally in hand, and her love for Cielo at last confessed, Teodora di Sangro should be on top of the world. But the country of Vinalia is in chaos as the dictator like Capo threatens to plunge them all into war and capture every strega in the land--including Teo and Cielo.

Teo knows she can't take down the Capo alone. She must convince a small band of streghe who have been hiding in plain sight to join her in the cause. But as she struggles to bring them together, she discovers a far deadlier enemy than the Capo has been hunting her all along. Now everyone--especially Cielo--is in danger. What lengths will Teo go to in order to unite her country and save the one she loves?


Author Notes

Amy Rose Capetta has written several novels for young adults and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She first dreamed of writing about Vinalia when she was younger than Teo. Once upon a time her father's family lived in Italy, in a small town in the mountainside. Now Amy Rose lives in her very own mountains in Vermont, with her partner and their young son. To learn more, visit amyrosecapetta.com.


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Kirkus Review

In this conclusion to an Italian-inspired fantasy duology, Teo di Sangro fights to save her home from invasion and to free other magic users from living in secrecy and oppression.War and domination under the Eterran empire advance on the land of Vinalia from the outside while the regime of power-hungry men wounds the people from the inside. Streghe (magic users of Vinalia), like the ambitious "sun-browned" Teo, live threatened by subjugation or death at the hands of the Capo, the tyrant forcing Vinalia to unify under his banner. Having escaped the Capo once, Teo and her lover, Cielo (a white genderfluid strega), seek to stop Vinalia's cycle of violence. In the midst of sizzling schemes and fiery romance, Capetta (The Lost Coast, 2019, etc.) brings to light the pervasive damage that patriarchy inflicts on people and relationships. Another important theme throughout the progression of the conflict is that in war, "there is only a side that loses less." The dialogue is witty and full of cutting exchanges. Although the story's pace never slows, Capetta continues to expand on the world around Teo, showing glimpses of cultures beyond Vinalia and how magic changes based on who uses it. Wild with thrilling shifts and electrifying prose, this passionate storm carries the story to a worthy end.A turbulent force driven by breathtaking, high-stakes suspense that resolves with a satisfying sigh. (map) (Fantasy. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In the stirring conclusion to Capetta's romantic gender-fluid fantasy duet, begun in The Brilliant Death (2018), once-hunted streghe (magic wielders) band together with the remnants of the five families to save Vinalia from an invading army and unseat Vinalia's own villainous ruler, the Capo. Teodora and her lover, Cielo, both streghe with transformative magic, love each other regardless of their physical forms both switch between boyish and girlish but they have little time to enjoy their newfound passion. Teodora plans to unify the streghe, politically, as a sixth family, believing they can help the other families end the war and install a new ruler. Cielo chafes at the role Teodora wants them to play, though, wishing to pursue a more magical course. As their discord threatens their relationship, Teodora's sadistic brother Beniamo returns, bringing ruin in his wake. Alternating between steamy and bloody, romance and war, the novel focuses on Teodora and Cielo as they brave fears about their families, their relationship, their magic, and their self-worth. A highly satisfying conclusion to an original tale.--Krista Hutley Copyright 2019 Booklist