Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on October 7, 2014
Genres: Europe, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Cousins Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope are all dealing with what it means to be a Lovegrove. For Gretchen, it means she often feels like her head is going to explode. As a Whisperer, Gretchen constantly hears the whispers of other witches' spells. And while this does help her to know when one of her own spells is going wrong, the incessant buzzing and pain the whispers cause makes it difficult to use her gift.
But when something evil begins to menace Mayfair, Gretchen must find a way to master her power. Along with her cousins, a madcap named Moira, and the icy yet irresistible Tobias Lawless, Gretchen faces deadly threats and unimaginable loss in the hopes of preventing the terrible Greymalkin Sisters from rising again.
The second book in The Lovegrove Legacy trilogy, Whisper the Dead will leave readers spellbound.
Top 5 Historical Fantasy Novels
by Alyxandra Harvey
I love both historical fiction and historical fantasy, which is why I used 1816 London as the setting for the Lovegrove Legacy. Strolls through Hyde Park, Napoleon being short and cranky across the Channel, dancing until dawn, and garden follies built to look like ancient ruins—what’s not to love? Add magic and mystery and spells that go awry, and I am a happy woman indeed.
But historical fantasy is a strange little genre… it lurks around corners and hides behind the shrubbery. So here are a few of my favourite novels to get you started if you haven’t ventured into this particular magical neighbourhood. And if you have, perhaps this is a list of old favourites…I’d love to hear your additions!
In no particular order:
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
I think this is the historical fantasy I ever read and I was hooked. Written in letter format, it’s a blend of mystery and Jane Austen. Sometimes, I’m a little peeved I didn’t write it myself.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy)
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Still a favourite! I loved the voice of the novel, the historical details and the humour. Plus, a Victorian Girls’ School—hard to resist!
The Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices)
Victorian England again, with lots of poetry and steampunk magic. A great blend!
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