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The Last Hour Between Worlds

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780356525259

Price: £20

ON SALE: 21st November 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

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‘I completely adored this book and would read a dozen more of Kembral’s adventures’
Shannon Chakraborty, New York Times bestselling author of The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi

‘A masterpiece – filled with excitement, romance and characters you would protect with your life . . . Unmissable!
Andre Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

Follow a star investigator and her rival as they journey through layers of reality to save the world as they know it in this whip-smart adventure fantasy packed full of reality-bending magic, Sapphic romance and tantalising mystery.

Kembral Thorne is spending a few precious hours away from her newborn, and she’s determined to enjoy herself at the year-turning ball. But when the guests start dropping dead, Kem has no choice but to get to work. She’s a member of the Guild of Hounds, after all, and she can’t help picking up the scent of trouble. Especially when her professional and personal nemesis, notorious cat burglar Rika Nonesuch, is also on the prowl.

At the heart of the mayhem is a mysterious clock that sends the ballroom down into strange and otherworldly new layers of reality every time it chimes. As the party plunges through increasingly dangerous versions of their city, Kem will have to rely on her wits – and Rika – to unravel the mystery before catastrophe is unleashed on their world.

‘Melissa Caruso’s writing is razor-sharp and this book is one heck of a page-turner’
Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of The Wyld

‘An absolute delight!’
Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

‘I loved it and can’t wait for more in this world’
Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library

‘A witty, tense and imaginative triumph of a book’
Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

‘A jewelled swirl of dangerous magic, fabulous outfits and reluctant heroism, Caruso’s The Last Hour Between Worlds is fiendishly well-plotted, utterly enchanting and surprisingly relatable’

Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart

Reviews

A witty, tense and imaginative triumph of a book, I lost many an unplanned hour inhaling The Last Hour Between Worlds. With its compelling magic, reluctant hero trying (and failing) to be on leave, and one increasingly surreal party, this tightly paced story will be a lasting favourite!
Sam Hawke, author of CITY OF LIES
The Last Hour Between Worlds is a masterpiece - filled with excitement, romance and characters you would protect with your life. The wobbly time effects in this book reach past its pages, making hours of reading blink by in a moment. Unmissable!
Andrea Stewart, author of THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER
This twisty, locked-room mystery spans alternate dimensions; braiding romance and adventure into brilliant, time-looping fun
Sunyi Dean, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE BOOK EATERS
Equal parts sheer adventurous fun and creepy, dimension-bending tension, featuring a relatable and instantly engaging protagonist. This is totally unlike anything I've read before; Caruso has pulled off a wonderfully creative premise with skill and panache
Freya Marske, author of A MARVELLOUS LIGHT
This book is for those who dream of going to the ball inside the Goblin King's crystal bubble, but struggle with work-life balance and finding a good babysitter. A jewelled swirl of dangerous magic, fabulous outfits and reluctant heroism, Caruso's The Last Hour Between Worlds is fiendishly well-plotted, utterly enchanting and surprisingly relatable
Leife Shallcross, author of THE BEAST'S HEART
A brilliant, breathlessly twisty fantasy adventure that I utterly adored. Melissa Caruso is a powerhouse
Tasha Suri, author of THE JASMINE THRONE
To say The Last Hour Between Worlds hits the ground running would be an understatement: This book starts at a sprint and never slows down. It's funny, and scary and weird in the very best way. Melissa Caruso's writing is razor-sharp and this book is one heck of a page-turner
Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD
A fantastical locked-room mystery where every peal of the clock peels away another layer of reality . . . The Last Hour Between Worlds is an absolute adventure, with a queer lead, a snarky rival and breath-takingly poignant moments. Reader, I inhaled it
K. A Doore, author of THE PERFECT ASSASSIN
This book has everything you've been craving: sword fights, time loops, complicated feelings about parenthood, and banter with your sworn enemy. What an absolute delight!
Alix E. Harrow, author of THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY
A charming fantasy mystery that kept me guessing until the very last page - I completely adored this book and would read a dozen more of Kembral's adventures
Shannon Chakraborty, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE ADVENTURES OF AMINA AL-SIRAFI
Twisty, breakneck, and full of delightful surprises, The Last Hour Between Worlds is a book guaranteed to pull you out of a reading slump. Equal parts hilarious and poignant, this is Caruso's best work yet - a time-loop, murder mystery party like you've never read before. I dare you to put it down
Kritika H. Rao, author of THE SURVIVING SKY
An addictive read with an incredibly sympathetic heroine and a delightful relationship. I loved it and can't wait for more in this world
Genevieve Cogman, author of THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY
Melissa Caruso's writing is utterly captivating! Fresh world, twisty mystery, and a main character you'll want to back to the ends of every world. The intersection of motherhood and magic adds a richness to the world that immediately glued me to the page
Chelsea Mueller, author of BORROWED SOULS
I love The Last Hour Between Worlds to pieces . . . A time-bending triumph, a compelling adventure . . . A very entertaining story, with a strikingly satisfying climax
LOCUS
Outrageously clever, with characters who are at times wantonly absurd, engaging, enraging, and intricate, this is a book for everyone who wants to escape reality - though beware, it gets weirder the deeper you go
Anna Stephens, author of GODBLIND