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The Monsters We Defy

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780356518107

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 11th August 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

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‘Rich and immersive. . . full of mesmerizing magic!’ P. Djèlí Clark, author of A Master of Djinn

Clara Johnson can talk to spirits – a gift that saved her during her darkest moments, now a curse that’s left her indebted to the cunning spirit world.

So when a powerful spirit offers her an opportunity to gain her freedom, Clara seizes the chance. The task: steal a magical ring from the wealthiest woman in the District.

Clara can’t pull off this daring heist alone. To pull off the impossible, she’ll need help from an unlikely team: from a handsome jazz musician able to hypnotize with a melody, to an aging actor who can change his face.
But as conflict in the spirit world begins to leak into the human one – an insidious mystery is unfolding, one that could cost Clara her life.

Praise for The Monsters We Defy:

‘Leslye Penelope blends magic, mystery and mayhem in this deliciously complex historical fantasy’ Veronica G. Henry

‘An enchanting adventure that weaves a spell’ Justina Ireland

‘A fresh and engaging take on historical fantasy‘ Marie Brennan

Masterfully crafted. This smart and entertaining magical heist novel hits all the right notes’ T. L. Huchu

Clara is a heroine for the ages’ Alaya Dawn Johnson

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Clara is a heroine for the ages, and her 1920s Black Washington society, both the glamour and the grit, is so compellingly evoked it's as though Penelope has given us a peek behind the veil to hear the tales of our ancestors
Alaya Dawn Johnson
Rich and immersive. . . full of mesmerizing magic!
P. Djèlí Clark, author of A MASTER OF DJINN
Stolen destinies, dubious bargains, and unlikely groups of allies, all in a city whose history deserves more fame; a fresh and engaging take on historical fantasy
Marie Brennan
An enchanting adventure that weaves a spell
Justina Ireland
Masterfully crafted. This smart and entertaining magical heist novel hits all the right notes
T. L. Huchu