City of Secrets
Stravaganza: Bk.4Book - 2002
While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city.
During the day, Lucien battles cancer in his modern, normal life. But at night, he becomes a Stravagante, a time-traveler of sorts who finds himself in Belleza, a city parallel to old Venice. Befriended by a local girl and protected by an older Stravagante, Lucien uncovers a plot to murder the city's beloved ruler, the Duchessa. But to save the Duchessa and the city Lucien risks losing his only chance to return home to his family and his real life.
The well-paced, thick-with-plot story will hook the reader immediately and not let go until the superb, unexpected end. City of Masks is the first in a three-book arc from the gifted Mary Hoffman.
When evening arrives, time-traveler Lucien ends up in old-world Bellezza where he helps to thwart a plot to kill the city's ruler, the Duchessa, but Lucien's window to return to his real family and real world is short and he will risk never being able to go home if he stays too long.
While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to Belleza, a place in a parallel world resembling Renaissance Venice, and becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city.