Historical Fantasy 13
Title: The Dark Days Pact Author: Alison Goodman Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 2017 Hardcover: 496 Pages June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has […]
Title: A Torch Against the Night Author: Sabaa Tahir Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: August 30, 2016 Hardcover: 452 Pages Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a […]
Deceivers and Reclaimers clash in The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman–a tantalizing opening to a brand new trilogy. Title: The Dark Days Club Author: Alison Goodman Genre: Speculative Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 2016 Hardcover: 496 Pages New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s […]
In which we reveal the cover for The Vishakanya’s Choice by Roshani Chokshi! Today we are thrilled to share with you the third and final cover of Book Smugglers Publishing’s First Contact season of short stories. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story “Did we have a choice? An honest one. A […]
It’s Friday Saturday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Thea is talking about book one in a new series, A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin today! Stranje House takes a familiar premise, in which troublesome young ladies are sent away from their embarrassed parents to finishing school, […]
Title: Bad Luck Girl Author: Sarah Zettel Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Publication Date: May 2014 Hardcover: 368 Pages Fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners will love the blend of fantasy and twentieth-century history in this stylish series. After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst […]
Title: Hollow City Author: Ransom Riggs Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Quirk Publishing Publication Date: January 2014 Hardcover: 399 Pages Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it […]
It’s Friday which means we’re over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, with a review of alternate historical fantasy novel The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney. She thought it was… disappointingly mundane. Get the full scoop HERE.
Title: Drakenfeld Author: Mark Charan Newton Genre: Historical Fantasy, Crime Publisher: Pan Macmillan / Tor UK Publication Date: October 2013 Hardcover: 429 Pages “I am Lucan Drakenfeld, second son of Calludian, Officer of the Sun Chamber and peace keeper. Although sometimes it seems I am the only person who wishes to keep it …” The […]
Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation […]
Title: Bitter Greens Author: Kate Forsyth Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Farytale retelling Publisher: Allison & Busby Publication date: February 2013 Hardcover: 491 pages An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale’s first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force. Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from […]
Title: Hide Me Among the Graves Author: Tim Powers Genre: Gothic, Historical Fantasy Publisher: William Morrow / Corvus Publication date: March 28 / September 2012 Hardcover: 511 pages Winter, 1862. A malevolent spirit roams the cold and gloomy streets of Victorian London, the vampiric ghost of John Polidori, the onetime physician of the mad, bad […]
Today we are delighted to welcome to the blog award-winner Fantasy novelist Tim Powers. Author of The Anubis Gates, On Stranger Tides, The Stress of Her Regard, Declare among others, Mr Powers is here today to chat about his new book, Hide Me Among the Graves. Ladies and gents, please give it up for Tim […]
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