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Masks and Shadows

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

An alternate history featuring Haydn and Prince Esterházy, and also a secret society that dabbles in alchemy and worse -- which works.

The main characters are Charlotte, a widow taking refuge with her sister -- the prince's mistress -- and Carlo, a castrato singer and only nominal guest.

It involves the Princess having Charlotte call on her, two runaway lovers, a new opera, a surprising visit, the sweet voice of Charlotte's maid, a foolish lieutenant who made promises while drunk, and more. Somewhat uneven in development.
Tags: fiction reviews: historical fantasy
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