The Monsters We Defy
From Shelf: Authors and Stories of POC
A timely and dazzling historical fantasy that weaves together African American folk magic, history, and romance.
'Rich and immersive. . . full of mesmerizing magic!' P. Djeli Clark, author of A Master of DjinnClara 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. She'll need the help of 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'Penelope's blend of fantasy and history is pitch perfect. . . Readers will be wowed' Publishers Weekly'A high-stakes, delightful read' Buzzfeed'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
Format: Paperback / softback