City of Swords
City of swords
City of Swords
Book No.
Publication Date
Main Character
Talian Setting
Preceded By
Followed By

City of Swords will be the sixth installment of the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman. Its corresponding short story is Under the Walls.

The main character is Laura Reid, who appeared briefly in the previous book as one of Isabel Evans' friends. She stravagates to Fortezza and her talisman is a silver paper knife[2].

The book was released on 5 July 2012 in the United Kingdom[3]; its North American release will follow on August 21, 2012[4].

It is set in Fortezza and there will be a siege and battle and the return of many old friends.

Mary Hoffman[5]

With City of Swords, there is an important falling in love at first sight...

Mary Hoffman[6]


Desperately unhappy, Laura has resorted to secretly self-harming. When she finds a mysterious silver sword, it acts as her talisman and transports her to Fortezza, where she meets the swordsmith Fabio. But Laura also meets the charming and attractive Ludo, and falls for him. However, a serious rivalry is brewing in Fortezza and Laura finds her loyalties dangerously divided when she finds the Stravaganti working to support Princess Lucia's claim to the throne against Ludo's faction, which seeks to overthrow Lucia and allow Ludo to take the Fortezzan crown.


  • Prologue: Darkening the Light
  • 1. Messages on the Skin
  • 2. When a Prince Dies
  • 3. Beware the Heir
  • 4. A City in Waiting
  • 5. A New Ruler
  • 6. A Fresh Wound
  • 7. Family Loyalty
  • 8. Within the Walls
  • 9. Deceptions
  • 10. The Army Moves
  • 11. The Girl from the Future
  • 12. Siege
  • 13. Portrait of a Young Woman
  • 14. First Strike
  • 15. Retaliation
  • 16. Old Wounds and New
  • 17. Complications
  • 18. Borderlands
  • 19. Treachery
  • 20. Trial and Execution
  • 21. Safe Conduct
  • 22. Lost Silver
  • 23. Murky Water
  • 24. In the Cathedral
  • Epilogue: Saved
  • Historical Note
  • di Chimici family tree
  • Dramatis Personae
  • Acknowledgements




Di ChimiciEdit

In IslingtonEdit

Cover GalleryEdit

  • City of Swords
  • City of Swords, Dutch cover
  • City of Swords, Finnish cover

The Series
City of Masks · City of Stars · City of Flowers · City of Secrets · City of Ships · City of Swords
Short Stories
A Talian Tale · A Sting in the Tail · An Impossible Task · Sugar Fox · The Fourth Wise Man · Under the Walls

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. This is the latest announced book, it is unknown if there will be another book
  2. A Guide to Talia
  3. City of Swords at
  4. [1]
  5. Stated here
  6. Stated here
  7. Confirmed by Mary here

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