The Monsters We Defy (Paperback)
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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 11/08/2022
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'Rich and immersive. . . full of mesmerizing magic!' P. Djeli Clark, author of A Master of Djinn

Clara 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

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356518107
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Rich and immersive. . . full of mesmerizing magic! -- P. Djeli Clark, author of A MASTER OF DJINN
An enchanting adventure that weaves a spell -- Justina Ireland
Stolen destinies, dubious bargains, and unlikely groups of allies, all in a city whose history deserves more fame; 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, and her 1920s Black Washington society, both the glamour and the grit, is so compellingly evoked it's as though Penelope has given us a peek behind the veil to hear the tales of our ancestors -- Alaya Dawn Johnson
A high-stakes, delightful read -- Buzzfeed
Penelope's blend of fantasy and history is pitch perfect. . . Readers will be wowed -- Publishers Weekly

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“Engrossing plot featuring a pleasingly spiky heroine...”

This is a cracking read. I thoroughly enjoyed Clara’s spiky character. She is short-fused and in the habit of pushing away people, though that doesn’t stop her from helping those who seek her out. Given her gift, she... More

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“Highly recommended”

A complex, well written, and fascinating story. Great plot and great characters, a well plotted story, excellent storytelling.
The alternate historical part is fascinating and I found it entertaining and thought... More

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“An amazing adult fantasy/heist novel”

4.5 stars

The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope is an adult fantasy heist novel set in Washington D.C. in the 1920's. The story revolves around Clara, a young Black woman with a magical power. Clara can talk... More

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