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Renfred's Masquerade

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Young Nicola Gregori has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a brilliant clock-maker who’s famous for his wild, fantastical designs. But his father instead sends him to school to learn more practical matters. Nicola, stricken with infantile paralysis that left him with a deformed right leg, becomes an object of mockery and cruel jokes in school. He lear ...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 238 pages
Published November 27th 2011 by JMS Books, LLC (first published November 1st 2011)
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Jeff Erno
I didn't think it possible for me to love a book any more than I loved Hayden Thorne's Twilight Gods, that is until I read Renfred's Masquerade. I did make it through the majority of the book without shedding a tear, but once the waterworks started, they didn't stop. This story is so emotionally gripping and so powerful that it's messages will surely resonate for months, if not years, to come.

Nicola Gregori is a young boy who's afflicted with a disability--a withered leg that causes him to walk
I was going to shelve this book in the m/m read and/or romance, but I think that would be a COMPLETE disservice to this VERY excellent book.

I think I need to make it clear that this book is so far away from my usual genre that I may sound odd writing a review like this.

First with the characters... There are very few in this story, but each and every one of them is painted so clearly. Their foibles and folly's are clear too. I really liked the lead. He was someone who just jumped out of the pag
Hmmmm I'm on the line on this one.. I have to say up front that I'm not a big historical reader.. And this story is historical..

SO.. Criteria..

It was really hard to separate story and character's in this review.. both seemed reliant on each other to grow, which in my opinion is the sign of a very well crafted book.

Characters - Well developed.. all the main players are very artfully written.. The turmoil in the lead is fully developed and enables the reader to be the lead... The main secondary
Elisa Rolle
Hayden Thorne is blessed with the ability to tell ageless stories; ageless because they are suspended in time, they can be a fantasy or an historical or even a contemporary setting or all of the previous, and ageless because they are fit as much for a young reader than for an adult one.

Renfred’s Masquerade is about Nicola, a boy with a lame leg who believes this is influencing all his life; the only joy he has is when he is able to loose himself “into” his dreams, dreams he feeds with the demons
This may just be my favorite of Hayden's novels. There's just so much magic here. The story is the kind that you can read out loud - the kind that weaves a quiet, tantalizing spell. It has more self-awareness than the fairy-tale, and speaks to its readers in a way that shows just how much depth it can get out of its basic premise. Every character feels nuanced. The plot of the story weaves a touch of historic Italy in with a touch of magic, nodding both to the romantic fairy tales of old and the ...more
Firstly, this has the most gorgeous cover art of anything I have ever seen... I could stare at it all day long. Seriously. Thorne's ability to create landscapes so perfectly detailed and vibrant is a gift unto itself. Her ability to produce fully realized characters is genius. A beautifully rendered story of the the mistakes people make and the power that the belief in magic can heal regret and create hope.
David Bunegar
I liked this story. I was picturing a Hayao Miyazaki movie while I was reading.
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I’ve lived most of my life in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area though I wasn’t born there (or, indeed, the USA). I’m mar­ried with no kids and three cats, am a cycling nut, and my day job involves art­work, crazy (read: incom­pre­hen­si­bly fun) cowork­ers who spe­cial­ize in all kinds of media, and the occa­sional strange cus­tomer requests involv­ing papier mache fish with sparkly scales.

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