Book Spotlight: The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I last posted because I started a temporary job that takes up a lot of my time, but today I’m taking part in the ultimate book tour for The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge, being hosted byTheWriteReads. If you like books set in Renaissance-era Italy, stories about poets and the misunderstood souls, very descriptive and elegant writing styles, and long chapters, then you might enjoy this book!

  • Genre: Adult Fantasy
  • Length: 528 Pages
  • Publishing: 15th March 2022


An extravagant, lyrical fantasy about a city of poets and librarians. A city that never was.

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether…

about the author

Tom Beckerlegge grew up in the northwest of England in a house filled with books. Writing as Tom Becker, he won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with his debut novel; The Carnival of Ash is his first adult book. He lives in Enfield with his wife and young son.

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