The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

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 poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long contr...

Details The Brilliant Death

TitleThe Brilliant Death
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt

Reviews The Brilliant Death

  • Emily May
    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 guy is just one more trinket added to Teo's collection. You'd better learn it fast: while Teo's around, no one screws with the di Sangros.Hell yeah.From there, a bigger...
  • julianna ➹
    wow our main characters are a genderfluid couple, amazing
  • Catie
    3 1/2 starsThe 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 interested until the end.Teodora (“Teo”) DiSangro has been her family’s secret assassin ever since she was small and realized that she was a strega who had the power ...
  • Julie
    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.
  • Meigan
    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 fantasy version of 19th century Italy, and I knew this was going to be a book that worked for me. And it most certainly did. The action starts almost immediately, w...
  • OutlawPoet
    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 character who is also diverse. I looked at the author’s website out of curiosity and she self identifies as bi, demi-girl, and queer. And this seems to be who her main char...
  • Tirzah Price
    Brilliant and humorous and adventurous. Your new favorite fantasy novel. Also, hella queer.
  • Mandy
    *I received an early copy of this through the website, Bookish First - didn't change my opinion at all but thanks so much!*This book will easily go down as one of the most surprising and intriguing reads that I read of all 2018. I've read such few books this year that have stood out, and this book brought sexiness, magic, and moreeeeeeeeeeeee. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting when I first picked this book up. All I remembered was mafia but ...
  • Katherine Moore
    ‘The Brilliant Death’ just quite simply is a beautiful book. It defied and exceeded my expectations for it, and I could barely put it down once I started. I didn’t actually even mean to read it right now, and what I mean by that is, my plan was just to ‘read a little bit’, ie. The Prologue, and well…suddenly, I’d read the whole book. The premise of the book rolls some themes together but once you start reading ‘The Brilliant Death...
  • Gretchen
    On its surface, this appears to be yet another addition to the string of Strong Female Protagonist Fantasy YA books that are crowding our shelves. This entry stands out above the others I've read in recent years thanks to the author's capable writing, a winning protagonist, and the thoughtful exploration of gender transformation-via-magic, folded into a court-and-family magic intrigue that play combine to heightened effect. Teo's journey is never...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    I really enjoyed this! I don’t reach for fantasy very often these days, but this is exactly the kind of fantasy I love: beautiful writing, political intrigue, cool magic systems, and, of course, queer characters!!!
  • Mary Nguyen (fox & wit)
    I loved this book despite struggling to get into it. Once I hit “that spot” I thoroughly enjoyed it.This is a story of a young girl who struggles with her identity on all fronts.First there is her obligation to her family, who are essentially one of the five royal families. She certainly loves her parents and her siblings but her father values traditions that stifles her, her siblings and the citizens her family rules over. He doesn’t endor...
  • Jessie
    I loved the beginning of this book. Teo is the daughter of the di Sangro family. Despite being the most suited to run the family, as a daughter, that’s not an option. Instead, Teo helps the family by secretly turning the family’s enemies into trinkets with the magic they’ve kept secret. How cool is that?!?Teo meets Cielo, a strega (magic wielder) who can change their physical appearance at will, and starts to question their own gender. I lo...
  • Anna
    Thank you to Bookish First and the publisher for providing me a copy to review. I read this book because in the Editor's Letter in the beginning and I knew that I had to read this book because Hello, who doesn't love a Miyazaki style story with a Renaissance Italian setting! I also strongly suggest to not read the synopsis as it kind of made the book sound weirder than it actually was. This book really reminded me of An Enchantment of Ravens as...
  • Nicole Zamudio
    3.5 StarsI received an ARC of this book at Bookcon 2018 so thank you Viking/PenguinRandomHouseLLC for the opportunity to read it!Let me start by saying, I that I loved the author’s successful attempt (in my opinion) at originality. Some of the ideas were organic and fresh, like the shape-shifting with gender and having it play with the gender identity. It kind of reminded me of Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase Trilogy where some the characters (Al...
  • Christina
    This book sinks its talons in and will not let go. From the very first page the world Amy Rose has created comes alive with vibrance, magic, and a story I fell head over heels for. Teo is one of my favourite heroines in a very long time. Clever and cunning she is willing to do absolutely whatever it takes to protect her family and I became invested in her as well as her mission, sharing in her grief and joy as the story unfolded. Cielo is the per...
  • Megan
    I received a review copy of this book from Bookish First.This one came up on Bookish First a few weeks ago, and I hadn't been planning on entering the drawing, but after reading the first couple of chapters I was hooked. It was an exciting day when I found out I'd been picked, and even more exciting when it showed up in my mailbox. One thing I don't normally comment on is cover art and printing style, but both are things I really appreciated with...
  • Sam Ehresman
    I love this genre of books. I was sucked in by page 10! I look forward to reading the rest of it! The cover is beautiful and I wasn’t sure what I would find when I started reading. There are covers where you can look at them a hundred times and never remember them. Then there are covers that will stick with you, but more than that they will compel you to look again and again. This book is the latter of the two. Every time I look at the cover of...
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    I received a copy of The Brilliant Death through the BookishFirst program in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Brilliant Death is a blend between the magical and the familiar. Teodora lives in a world where both magic and mafias exist. Naturally that means that the world isn’t always as peaceful as one would like. But it certainly opens up for a lot of different and interesting stories. I honestly can’t get over how much I love the c...
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    I received a copy of The Brilliant Death through the BookishFirst program in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Brilliant Death is a blend between the magical and the familiar. Teodora lives in a world where both magic and mafias exist. Naturally that means that the world isn’t always as peaceful as one would like. But it certainly opens up for a lot of different and interesting stories. I honestly can’t get over how much I love the c...
  • Hollowspine
    The Brilliant Death is a brilliant fantasy novel, featuring a strong cast of characters, a beautiful and evocative setting and an engrossing plot with mystery, action and romance. It far exceeded my expectations and is sure to be popular among fantasy readers.Shape-shifting magic, a treacherous plot, religion vs. magic, gender-bending characters falling in love, and keeping secrets in a nest of snakes? It's a lot, but Capetta weaves it into a fan...
  • Stephanie
    This title is set to be released on October 30th. Special thank you to BookishFirst for the opportunity to read Teo is a Strega, only she's kept it hidden from her family since she was a young girl since most people in the village don't believe them to be real. A member of a powerful family, she's used her powers to turn people who do not pledge loyalty to her father into charms and trinkets. One evening, her father receives a formal letter from ...
  • Joanna Zbozień
    CoverI really like the cover. I think it's vibrant and attracts a readers attention. You understand the knife and the bird once you read the book but I like having those elements on the cover. PlotThe plot sounded interesting; a world dominated by men is turned upside down by one daughter of a leader. She has magic and uses it to save her family and then herself. I usually enjoy reading fantasy standalones but I felt this one needed at least ano...
  • Alyse
    I received this book as an Advanced Reader's copy from a Bookish First Giveaway in exchange for a honest reveiw. I would have to rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I was excited and pumped when I read the excerpt and I'll repeat again, I couldn't stop reading it. However, when I got the book and eventually got time enought to read it I felt myself less enthused for the story. There seemed to be a lot of dead space in certain parts involving the...