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A captivating fantasy by debut author Anna Hoghton, a young and thrilling new voice for middle-grade listeners.

Aribella lives in Venice, the daughter of an impoverished lace-maker. But she has a deadly secret: when angered, sparks shoot from her fingertips. Unable to keep her power hidden, she flees - but when dark spectres rise from the lagoon, the fire in her hands saves her life. A stranger witnesses the attack - and through him, Aribella leaves her old life behind and discovers the world of the Cannovacci, magical warriors sworn to defeat the strange spectres menacing the city.

©2020 Anna Hoghton (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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great book

a bit boring at the start but the adventure gets better throughout the book .

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magical

I loved listening to this story and felt like i had been transported to Venice.

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An enhanting short fantasy for 10-13 year olds

I got this to screen for my daughter (8) and it's just a little bit too advanced, I reckon she'll get far more out of it in a year or two. As fantasy goes for what I see as the target audience it's pretty good, standard array of magical abilities, I liked the mask aspect to it, decently thought out characters with a strong female lead and the plot is a fine mix of adventure and mystery - it ends a bit too neatly for my tastes but then it's not aimed at middle aged men. One of the better children's books I've read recently, and there's a heap scope for deeper world building.

Narration is fine, I found it to be a bit jilted sometimes with overlong pauses but doesn't ruin it by any stretch. Voicings are consistent and no weird pronunciation I can remember.

Highly recommended, will be keeping the physical copy on the "when you're older" shelf.