The Brilliant Death

The Brilliant Death

For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don?s daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family?s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas?wielders of magic?are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they?re real. Then the Capo, the land?s new ruler, sends For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don?s daughter, family is fate. All her life, Teodora has hidden t...

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Title:The Brilliant Death
Author:Amy Rose Capetta
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Brilliant Death
Edition Language
English
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Brilliant Death Reviews

  • OutlawPoet
    Aug 31, 2018
    I had to do a little thinking before writing this review. It?s likely clear from my star rating that I didn?t like it very much. I won?t give it one star because there was something I appreciated about it. I like the fact that this is a diverse author who gives us a main ch...
  • Catie
    Jun 23, 2018
    3 1/2 stars The world definitely needs more sexy gender-bending magic tutors ? I know I?ve always thought so, and this book definitely delivers on the SGBMT?s. This is mostly a classic quest/court-intrigue type fantasy, but the beautiful writing and unique details kept me inte...
  • Jenny (Bookbookowl)
    Mar 13, 2019
    Ohhhh I loved this book! This was everything I love a YA fantasy to be - journeys, family ties, magic, scheming, it had it all. I loved the main characters, Teo and Cielo. They were both multifaceted and their gender fluidness seemed well represented and such a natural part of th...
  • Kelsey
    Oct 26, 2018
    ***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*** ---Update: THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!--- I really enjoyed this book! It's probably more of a 3.5 stars for me. The writing and flow of the story is lovely. It kept me engaged and more than once, I cau...
  • Emily May
    Jun 19, 2018
    Teodora di Sangro?s life is built on secrets. The Brilliant Death sucked me in pretty much instantly when the protagonist - Teo di Sangro, who is a strega - waltzes onto the page and turns a man into a music box for threatening the well-being of her family. As it turns out, this g...
  • Julie
    Sep 29, 2018
    This is such an immersive, well-written fantasy! I love the Italian-inspired world and the gender fluid lovers, and the magic system is really well thought out. ...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    Jan 10, 2019
    2.5 stars I feel I will be the minority with this book because I felt bored while going through it. There were a lot of paragraphs/chapters/scenes that felt drawn out for no real reason. I get the magic side of the story but it did nothing to wow me. Womp womp. ...
  • Mackenzi
    Dec 20, 2018
    non-binary leads in a pre-unification-Italy-mafioso-family fantasy aw yiss ...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    Apr 12, 2019
    Unique YA fantasy is hard to find, but this is one! The worldbuilding is inspired by pre-unification 19th century Italy. Teodora is a daughter of the mafia Di Sangro family--she's also a strega who turns enemies into inanimate objects. She has to journey to the capital when her father ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Sep 28, 2018
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you?re a regular visitor to my blog, you probably know by now that reviews of fantasy books ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Feb 07, 2019
    Well this book was most thoroughly...wait for it...BRILLIANT. (((oh please you absolutely knew I was going to say that. I was given an opportunity and I took it.))) I was absolutely in love with the premise as soon as I heard about it and it turned out to be everything I want in a fant...
  • Elisabeth
    Jan 06, 2019
    AMAZING QUEER REP ?? the plot didn?t hook me as much as I?d have liked, but overall it?s a solid story. Definitely recommend giving this one a try if it interests you! ...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Mar 23, 2017
    I've thought about it and while a lot of the premise of this book sounds amazing, as an Italian person the mafia element makes me way too uncomfortable to even consider reading it. ...
  • Meigan
    Aug 30, 2018
    With such a unique and intriguing premise, and one that promised magic, political intrigue and so much more, I couldn?t help but be excited for The Brilliant Death. And if the above wasn?t enough to hook me, add in mafia and gender-fluid characters, all set against a backdrop of a ...
  • Lola
    Jun 05, 2019
    Normally, when I read a book, the more I read, the more I understand. In this case, the more I read, the less I saw the point of this story. The beginning sounded exciting: a mafia daughter with hidden abilities has an important mission to accomplish and is helped by another power-wiel...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Jan 03, 2019
    I wanted to love this one bc the queer rep was AMAZING, but I?d be lying if I said the plot didn?t have my eyes glazing over for 90% of the book. It takes a lot for me to like fantasy and this just didn?t do it for me ? womp ...
  • ♆Hayley (TheVillainousReader)
    Nov 12, 2018
    DNF 32% When I first decided to DNF this over the weekend I had a lot to say about it. Now, I just don't care. I don't care enough for a roast, I don't care enough for a lengthy review, I just do. not. care. about this book. At. All. What I do care about is that I freaking bou...
  • Riley
    Nov 02, 2018
    If any of this interests you I highly recommend picking this up: - 19th century Italy inspired world - mafia family - political intrigue - unique magic system - queer main character - genderfluid love interest ...
  • julianna ➹
    Jul 21, 2018
    wow our main characters are a genderfluid couple, amazing The Brilliant Death is set in an Italy-inspired land, Vinalia, where they?re ruled by the five mafia-esque dons. In this world, stregas are people who have various powers? such as being able to bake food that helps uncove...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Oct 01, 2018
    Someone:hey- Me, busy being emotionally invested in this 19th century mafia story featuring genderfluid shape-shifters, an amazing queer romance and an iconic and unabashed obliteration of the concept of gender binary:shhh please be quiet So, what?s this book about? Te...
  • Karima chermiti
    Dec 03, 2018
    Family is fate. I must admit that I stumbled on this book by chance and the title just drew me in so I read the synopsis and boy was I hooked like never before. I was so intrigued and felt slightly confused why I didn?t see this book being read by many people cause you know ...
  • Beth
    Dec 31, 2018
    3.5 Stars This was nice enough, but I wanted something a bit more! The storytelling was well done, but at times it felt a bit rushed. I think I'd of enjoyed this more if it was a duology so it could build the story that little bit more. The characters were well done and learning ...
  • Taylor
    May 11, 2019
    This was fabulous!! RTC. ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Mar 12, 2017
    I had discovered a special way that women could be dangerous. They were trained to play close attention to people. To take them apart, like Luca had done with his clockworks, and study how they ran. This was so. freaking. interesting. A story following a genderqueer narrator who c...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Oct 17, 2018
    4 stars If I could pick three words to describe this book with, it would be "lush," "conspiratorial," and "queer." Because this book is "lush" in almost every way: - It's magic system--with the strega who are going through a time of change as people attempt to exploit their ma...
  • Pani
    Jul 01, 2019
    I literally crawled my way through this book. Although the plot was somehow exciting, In my opinion it lacked in originality and relatable characters. I will continue reading the other books in the series. ...
  • Surina
    Nov 17, 2018
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars Do you know what I hate? The stereotypical YA heroine. The one that's stoic but badass and has a haunting past and is "destined to bring about change." Fortunately, Teodora di Sangro isn't one of these heroines. She's badass, but also in an understated...
  • may ➹
    Oct 23, 2018
    Amy Rose Capetta called her partner her ?very own sexy magic tutor? in the acknowledgements and your loss if you don?t want to read a book about sexy magic tutors, magic that can turn men into objects, and gay // buddy read with felix and bad memory ...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    Oct 05, 2018
    What's this magic and when can I read it?! I mean: - A Mafia don's daughter - A gender fluid character - Magic!!! - A queer romance - Some sort of blood feud?! Sign me up!! I need this in my life ASAP!!! This is what I call intriguing. XD ...
  • Iris
    Jan 28, 2019
    4.5 stars This book was FANTASTIC. Wait no, sorry, let me try again, I don't think I was clear enough. THIS BOOK WAS REALLY FANTASTIC AND AMAZING AND I LOVED IT SO SO SO MUCH GO READ THIS BOOK. There we go. That was better. What? I haven't convinced you to read it yet? Okay...