• Laura Purcell presents another fine Gothic horror with Bone China

    Laura Purcell presents another fine Gothic horror with Bone China

    Hester Why has her share of secrets. Travelling under a false name, on the run from something that – for the time being – remains a mystery, she’s on her way to Morvoren House, an isolated manor on the Cornish coast. Tasked with nursing Morvoren’s aging owner, Miss Louise Pinecroft, Hester joins a household in thrall to a servant named Creeda, whose tales of Cornish fairies and dark superstition have influenced near every corner of the home. But Hester has no interest in pixies and spellwork. Haunted by her own history, self-medicating with laudanum and gin, the murky secrets of Louise Pinecroft’s father and Morvoren House are less than secondary. Yet, even she can’t deny there’s something in the chill sea air. And, she’s sure it’s got something to do with the vast china collection her new employer refuses to leave alone.

  • Gothic fairytale comes to small town Australia in Kathleen Jennings’ Flyaway

    Gothic fairytale comes to small town Australia in Kathleen Jennings’ Flyaway

    When Bettina Scott’s father and brothers disappeared, her mother took charge. The wild ways of her childhood were over, and Bettina was moulded into a proper young lady. But, when a mysterious letter arrives and a painted warning appears on their perfect picket fence, Bettina is forced to confront what really happened all those years ago, questioning everything she remembers.

  • Alison Evans’ YA fantasy Euphoria Kids is a stunning contemporary fairytale

    Alison Evans’ YA fantasy Euphoria Kids is a stunning contemporary fairytale

    Iris, Babs, and the boy without a name. One from the earth, one made of fire, and one who isn’t quite sure what he’s made of just yet. For this trio, navigating school and family life should have been enough. But there’s trouble brewing. Iris, who counts the faeries and dryads amongst their friends, is beginning to show magical powers of their own. And Babs, cursed as a child, can sense the witch who did it is close at hand. The faeries and the dryads warn them away, but if there’s a chance Babs can lift the curse, should they take it?

  • Helen Scheuerer kicks off a dark new fantasy series with A Lair of Bones

    Helen Scheuerer kicks off a dark new fantasy series with A Lair of Bones

    Roh is a cyren, living in the lowest levels of Saddoriel, the cavernous, labyrinthine fortress home of her people. The daughter of an infamous criminal, she works as a lowly bone-cleaner, out of sight and out of mind, far away from the upper class cyrens who remember her mother’s crimes all too well. One day, after years of anticipation, the Queen’s Tournament is announced, an opportunity for a cyren – regardless of rank – to take control of Saddoriel. Every sector must send a champion, even the bone-cleaners, and Roh senses a chance to change her fate for good.

  • You’ll sleep with the lights on after reading Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions

    You’ll sleep with the lights on after reading Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions

    Elsie Bainbridge, newly widowed, is sent to her late husband’s estate to see out the last few weeks of her pregnancy. With a skeleton staff, abandoned, dusty rooms, and a surrounding village terrified of the house, The Bridge is far from the haven Elsie hopes it to be. But when she and Sarah, her husband’s cousin, discover a beautiful painted figure behind a locked attic door, things begin to spiral out of control. The figure is not alone and she is not friendly.

  • Lyndall Clipstone sets the bar high in moody YA fantasy Lakesedge

    Lyndall Clipstone sets the bar high in moody YA fantasy Lakesedge

    Leta has heard the rumours about Rowan Sylvanan, the monster who drowned his entire family as a boy. But the dangerous young lord of Lakesedge might be the only one who can help her brother Arien, afflicted by a dark and violent magic that threatens to overtake him. But upon entering the grounds of Lakesedge, with its empty manor and mysterious black lake, Leta soon realises all is not what it appears. It seems that it may be Rowan who needs their help, and that the monster might not be so monstrous after all.