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Within These Wicked Walls: A Novel Hardcover – 22 February 2022
"An intricate magic system, a grimly humorous Black heroine, AND a heart-thumping romance? This book leaves nothing wanting." - Jordan Ifueko, New York Times bestselling author of Raybearer
What the heart desires, the house destroys...
Andromeda is a debtera―an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn’t thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron―a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities.
When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, she takes the job without question. Never mind that he’s rude and demanding and eccentric, that the contract comes with a number of outlandish rules… and that almost a dozen debtera had quit before her. If Andromeda wants to earn a living, she has no choice.
But she quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, the reason every debtera before her quit. But leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option because―heaven help her―she’s fallen for him.
Stunningly romantic, Lauren Blackwood's heartstopping debut, Within These Wicked Walls, ushers in an exciting new fantasy voice.
"Fierce, eerie and heartfelt... a romantic and spine-chilling reimagining of a classic. I loved every creepy, swoon-worthy moment of it." - Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds
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Within These Wicked Walls will be a surefire pick for the coming autumn nights. - BOOKLIST (starred review) Stunning... An inventive, original, and legitimately scary debut, this is a must for fans of witchcraft, horror, and romance. - NERDIST, Contemporary Witchy Reads for a Magical Spooky Season Blackwood's eerie, evocative debut fully embraces its gothic lineage and brings a welcome contemporary feel. The book is sure to lure readers in with the promise of hair-raising chills and passionate romance. - THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS Mesmerizing. - BUZZFEED, 18 Horror Novels About Ghosts You Won't Put Down "This action-packed novel draws inspiration from Jane Eyre as our fearless heroine must conquer the supernatural...and survive." - GIRLS' LIFE MAGAZINE "A dazzling retelling of 'Jane Eyre, '... promises readers a fantastical, edge-of-the seat, swooning-over-Magnus kind of experience." - THE SEATTLE TIMES "Within These Wicked Walls is the best sort of historical fantasy... leaves Jane Eyre in the dust." - LOCUS MAGAZINE
Blackwood's storytelling skills and the worldbuilding and fantasy components of the novel will intrigue readers... A promising debut. - KIRKUS REVIEWS Within These Wicked Walls is an indulgently Gothic fairy tale, comparable in mastery with Mexican Gothic and Jane Eyre. An intricate magic system, a grimly humorous Black heroine, AND a heart-thumping romance? This book leaves nothing wanting. - Jordan Ifueko, New York Times bestselling author of Raybearer Within These Wicked Walls adds a haunting new landscape and a chilling curse to Jane Eyre's magnetic romance and searing chemistry. A Gothic retelling, and a true original. - Anna Bright, author of The Beholder Fierce, eerie and heartfelt by turns, Within These Wicked Walls is a romantic and spine-chilling reimagining of a classic. I loved every creepy, swoon-worthy moment of it. - Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds Lauren Blackwood's Within These Wicked Walls is the Jane Eyre retelling I didn't know I needed, and everything I needed it to be. Atmospheric and moody, with sharp subtle humor and romance, Andromeda's story is engrossing and unputdownable. This Jane Eyre isn't your average classroom read; it is so much more than that. - Rachel Simon, Newton Free Library
- Publisher : Wednesday Books (22 February 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250787106
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250787101
- Reading age : 14 - 18 years
- Dimensions : 13.67 x 2.84 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 36,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The house is overtaken by the Evil Eye, which reveals itself in hideous ways. These include manifestations but more insidiously in a form that stalks at night. Andi must use her amulet-crafting skills to ward and exorcise the evil. Of course, falling in love with the owner was not in her plans, but he becomes irresistible to her. Delightfully, Magnus is both the love interest and the comic relief and their flirty encounters are blissful. The setting of the novel is shown in the words, mentions of food, and types of dress. Themes of parental love, sacrifice, and faith are included.
TW and CW: blood/gore, physical violence, animal attack,
Thanks to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the e-galley. My reviews and ratings are my own.
*Since writing this review, I have purchased a personal copy. This review is still based on the e-galley.
Reviewed in the United States on 20 October 2021