As a lover of Venice, this book captured my interest from the outset. The fact it was set in the 18th century during Carnevale only added to the allure and by weaving in historical characters so closely linked with the city in Foscari and Casanova, there was both a real sense of magic and history in the tale.
The only thing preventing a five star rating was that I found the idea of Marietta’s night-time excursions into the homes of some of the wealthiest men in Venice slightly implausible, although I acknowledge that this did add to the intrigue of the story.
The other main theme, that of her encounters with Nico, I found completely compelling. The way the two themes interlinked as the story progressed added to the suspense and enjoyment and for once in tales like this, the ending did not prove a disappointment.
A thoroughly enjoyable read!