- Risa – the Glassmaker’s Daughter
- Ero – Risa’s Father
- Guila – Risa’s mother
- Fredo – icky cousin
- Fita – Housekeeper
Other of the Seven and Thirty:
- Ferrer Cassamagi – Leader of the house of enchantments, teaches Risa to embrace her magic
- Dom – A lost, befuddled old man, also King Alessandro
- Milo Sorranto – Guardsmen, Risa’s love interest
- Camilla Sorranto – Milo’s Sister, interested in Amo
- Amo – Glassmaker from outside the Seven & Thirty, interested in Camilla
Magic lies at the heart of Cassaforte, medieval city of bewitchments and intrigue. Cassaforte is home to sixteen-year-old Risa Divetri, whose fate is about to be decided by the gods. Risa has led the sheltered life of a nobleman's daughter, but soon she plans to leave home to study the family craft-creating enchanted glass objects. When the gods are consulted to determine which school she will attend, the impossible happens: Risa remains unchosen. The rejection sends Risa into a spiral of shame, anger, and confusion. If she's not meant to be a glass maker, what will she do? But when Cassaforte's age-old magic begins to unravel and dark forces threaten the kingdom, Risa's fiery spirit and untapped powers take her on a perilous journey--one that will lead her to her true destiny. (Goodreads Summary)
- Did you enjoy The Glass Maker’s Daughter?
- What did you think of Cassaforte as a setting/world?
- The great Seven & Thirty
- The Olive Crown and Scepter
- The Rite of Fealty
- Was the latin-ish, Italian-ish vocab fun or annoying?
- What did you think of the ‘magic’ system in this story?
- What did you think of the story of Risa? Was her transition from child of privilege to heroine believable?
- Was the pacing appropriate?
- Were the characters interesting, believable and well developed?
- Would you read another Cassaforte Chronicle?
- Did you read The Bucaneer’s Apprentice?
On his first sea voyage away from the magical city of Cassaforte, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore awakens to find the vessel overrun by marauding pirates—and everyone else on board kidnapped or killed. After slaying the pirate who attacked him, Nic tosses a torch into a cache of gunpowder and blows up the ship.
Washed up on a deserted island, Nic and a motley crew of castaways decide to commandeer the pirate ship to get home. They battle pirates, assassins, and a cursed ship with a powerful secret while racing against time to save Cassaforte from a diabolical plot
- Niccolo Dattore
- Michaelo and Renaldo Dattore – a gay couple who shelter Nic during his final period of servitude
- Armand Arturo – Leader of the theater troupe and liberator of Nic
- Darcy Columbo
- Jacomo Columbo
- Maxl the Pirate
- “Allyria” the enchanted ship
- Compte Dumond
- Risa Divetri, Enchantress of Cassaforte
- Milo Sorranto, intended future King of Cassaforte
- Did you like The Buccaneer’s Apprentice?
- Did you like Nic?
- Did you find his backstory believable?
- Did you find the shift in tone and seriousness from “the glass maker’s daughter” acceptable?
- Did you like or dislike the theatrical allusions and references?
- Like The Glass Maker’s Daughter, this story moves abruptly from a small drama to an epic battle – did you enjoy that transition?
- The fantastical journey of Nico from indentured servant to heroic captain of a magical ship is pure melodrama – did you enjoy it?
- The story at first mocks, then follows the absurd plots and reversals of fortune of burlesque drama – what did you think of this?