A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians: The Shadow Histories, Book One (Paperback)H. G. Parry (author)
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'A rich, sprawling epic full of history and magic.' Alix E. Harrow, Hugo award-winning author
A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom.
It is the Age of Enlightenment -- of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L'Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.
But amidst all of the upheaval of the enlightened world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilisation into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to chaos.
For more from H.G. Parry, check out The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
'Impressively intricate; fans of the magic-and-history of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will be delighted.' Alexandra Rowland, author of A Conspiracy of Truths
'A beautiful tapestry of words, a combination of carefully observed and researched history and a well-thought-out and fascinating system of magic. An absolute delight to read.' Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library
'Puts a human face on the titans of the past, while weaving in supernatural elements that add a whole new dimension. I stayed up well past my bedtime to find out what happens next.' Marie Brennan, author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 40 mm
Impressively intricate; fans of the magic-and-history of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will be delighted. * Alexandra Rowland, author of A CONSPIRACY OF TRUTHS *
A rich, sprawling epic full of history and magic. * Alix E. Harrow, Hugo Award-winning author *
Puts a human face on the titans of the past, while weaving in supernatural elements that add a whole new dimension. I stayed up well past my bedtime to find out what happens next. * Marie Brennan, author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent series *
Many have tried and some have succeeded in writing mashups with famed literary characters, but Parry knocks it out of the park... Just plain wonderful * Kirkus on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
Fun, witty, and full of insights about the powerful effect of stories on our lives, this book is highly recommended. Give it to readers who devoured Jasper Fforde, Jim C. Hines' Libriomancer, and Genevieve Cogman's The Invisible Library, and to readers looking for adventurous fantasy with a soupcon of family drama. * Booklist (starred review) on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
H.G. Parry's ambitious debut novel is a delight of magic and literature, love and adventure. With vibrant characters and a passion for story that shines through every word, this engaging read establishes Parry as a writer to watch. * Kat Howard on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
A delightful blend of adventure and mystery and marvel, a story in which the fantastical becomes real. This beautifully-written novel is an exploration of the power fiction wields -- the power to inform and to change, even to endanger, our everyday world. * Louisa Morgan on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
A daring exploration of the worlds within words. Parry writes with the keen insight of Sherlock Holmes, the generous heart of David Copperfield, and the haunting soul of Dorian Gray. * Jordanna Max Brodsky on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
A joyous adventure through all the tales you've ever loved. Funny, charming, clever and heartfelt, you're absolutely going to adore The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep. * Tasha Suri on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
H.G. Parry has crafted an imaginative and unique exploration of how words shift our lives in ways big and small. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is a rollicking adventure that thrills like Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere mashed up with Penny Dreadful in the best post-modern way. Equal parts sibling rivalry, crackling mystery, and Dickensian battle royale, it'll be one of your most fun reads this year. * Mike Chen on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
Parry does a lovely dance on and around the stage of Dickens and other classical literature, playing fast and loose with the nature of reality to tell a story about the transformative act of the reading process and the importance of family, both found and not. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is dead clever and enormously satisfying. * Vivian Shaw on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
Clever, emotionally compelling, and teeming with witty allusions. In a story reminiscent of the literary world-bending adventures of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next, Parry has crafted a tale which will appeal to the cherished dreams-and secret nightmares-of all bibliophiles. * Cass Morris on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
If you've ever checked the backs of your wardrobe for snow and lamp-light -- if you've ever longed to visit Pemberley House or 221B Baker Street, to battle the Jabberwock or wander through a fictional London fog -- this book belongs to you. It's a star-studded literary tour and a tangled mystery and a reflection on reading itself; it's a pure delight. * Alix E. Harrow on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
Engaging and intelligent, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep kept me turning the pages to discover familiar characters and surprising twists. * Rowenna Miller on THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP *
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“A Clever Alternate History”
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is an alternate historical novel with a twist of fantasy, and the story it tells is dark.
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“Bring on the sequel!”
Repeat after me: "This isn't real history. This isn't real history." Oh, but what if it wasn't an alternative history/reality novel?! I want to know what life would be like now if this had... More
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