Some stories are part of a grand narrative. Some are small, insular, intimate. But no less deserving to be told.
Collected here are three short stories from the world outside Verona's walls - Vicenza, Padua, and Avignon. These pieces of Blixt's Star-Cross'd series, taken together, form a tapestry of life, love, and longing in early Renaissance Italy. From a midnight attack on an enemy city to the promises of a pope to maskers invading a wedding, these stories all have at their heart the false faces people wear to hide their true selves. Like the Venetian masks, they are hardened, often grotesque, Varnished Faces.
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