April 2016
Fly back in time with these fantasies
We read books to escape, to get away, and to transport ourselves out of our own worlds (or at least out of our own livings rooms).  Two of our newest books do this perfectly, grabbing the reader and hurling them both back in time and into an alternate realm where magic is real and really dangerous.
"An eloquent and offbeat mix of dark fantasy, alchemy, and spycraft." 
- Locus

"Romance, music and dark alchemy rise to a pitch-perfect ending in this wonderful historical novel. Memorable and utterly delightful." 
- Aliette de Bodard , Nebula Award-Winning author of The House of Shattered Wings

"Spies, alchemy, blackmail, and beautiful music make for one irresistibly catchy medley." 
-B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

"A wonderful historical story with a hint of magic.... If you love dramatic love affairs, mystery secret societies, and amazing lavish descriptions then this book is so for you." 
- Night Owl Reviews

The year is 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterháza Palace. With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterházy's carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire. Already at Eszterháza is Charlotte von Steinbeck, the very proper sister of Prince Nikolaus's mistress. Charlotte has retreated to the countryside to mourn her husband's death. Now, she must overcome the ingrained rules of her society in order to uncover the dangerous secrets lurking within the palace's golden walls. Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress -- a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.

Learn about how Stephanie's love for history inspired her books on 

Read an interview with the author on Speculative Herald

About the Author
Stephanie Burgis was born in Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her hu sband, writer Patrick Samphire, and their children. Before becoming a fulltime writer, she studied music history as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria, and worked as a website editor for a British opera company. She has published over thirty short stories for adults.  Kat, Incorrigible (US)/  A Most Improper Magick (UK) won the Waverton Good Read Children's Award in 2011 for Best Début Children's Novel by a British writer. It was followed by  Renegade Magic A Tangle of Magicks and  Stolen Magic / A Reckless Magick .

"Knaak has delivered a promising, original first novel in a planned series... Black City Saint  is a gripping look at supernatural Chicago with a hero to root for and a world to save." 
- Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Filled with unique characters, shadowy gunmen, and a surprising amount of humor,  Black City Saint is gritty, exciting urban fantasy at its best." 
- Omnivoracious

"A refreshing blend of urban and historical fantasy in a unique setting... If you like the mystery plots of urban fantasy, but want something different, this is definitely one to check out." 
- On Starships and Dragon Wings

For more than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal and Feirie realms separate, seeking absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon. All the while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over.

Yet for the past fifty years the Gate has, unknowingly to him, been open for the darkest Feirie-folk to enter the world of 1920s Chicago. Now, not only has an evil been resurrected from Nick's own past, but also his lost Cleolinda, destined once more to die.

Does Nick have the strength to protect the way between realms and destroy the most vicious creature to ever walked in both worlds? 

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Listen to an interview with Richard on The Grim Tidings Podcast

About the Author

Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times- and  USA Today -bestselling author of   The Legend of Huma WoW: Wolfheart , and nearly fifty other novels and numerous short stories, including works in such series as Warcraft, Diablo, Dragonlance, Age of Conan, and his own Dragonrealm. He has scripted a number of Warcraft manga with Tokyopop, such as the top-selling Sunwell trilogy, and has also written background material for games. His works have been published worldwide in many languages.  He is presently at work on several other projects.


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