Sunday, 20 December 2009

Historic Saturday (2)

Though for many of you it's Sunday. My mom high jacked my laptop for three hours to connect it to our pretty, new printer. So, I'll have to make this one quick and easy.

A Great and Terrible Beauty
Libba Bray

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is ship
ped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?--[from Shelfari]

I'm sure everyone knows about this trilogy by now, but like I said, I needed something quick and easy.

This story incorporates complicated, unique magical elements into historical fiction.

Libba Bray weaves a complex story in all her works, this series and her recent book Going Bovine.

With beautiful writing and a backdrop anyone can piece together, A Great and Terrible Beauty is now a story to be missed.

I don't have a picture for it because...I just don't. Mostly because it's not out yet.

But The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal. ETA: I can't promise it's historical fiction, but it definitely seems like it could be considered historic. Either way, it sounds amazing:

Sinda has grown up thinking that she's the princess of Thorvaldor. But on her sixteenth birthday, she's told that she's not the princess at all. Instead, the real princess was sent into hiding because of a prophecy of death shortly before her birth, and a common girl--Sinda--raised in her place. Now it's safe for the real princess to return, and Sinda must leave behind everything she knows, from her home to her best friend, a Duke's son named Kiernan, as she is sent out into the world to fend for herself.

As Sinda tries to make a place for herself in the world outside the palace, even more difficulties lie ahead of her. Her only living relative doesn't like her, and magic that she didn't know she possessed threatens to make her a danger to herself. But those problems look simple compared to the troubles in front of her when she learns a secret that could shake Thorvaldor to its core.

The downside? It doesn't come out until summer 2010. Who can wait that long?

1 comment:

  1. The False Princess does sound awesome! I heard about it only once before. And the Gemma Doyle trilogy is so addictive.



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