The Monsters We Defy by Penelope, Leslye
The Monsters We Defy -- Leslye Penelope - Paperback
Leslye Penelope

The Monsters We Defy -- Leslye Penelope - Paperback

A woman able to communicate with spirits must assemble a ragtag crew to pull off a daring heist to save her community in this timely and dazzling historical fantasy that weaves together African American folk magic, history, and romance.

"Never make a deal with shadows at night, especially ones that know your name."

Washington D. C., 1925: 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, no questions asked. 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, to pull off the impossible. But as they race along DC's legendary Black Broadway, conflict in the spirit world begins to leak into the human one--an insidious mystery is unfolding, one that could cost Clara her life and change the fate of an entire city.

Praise for The Monsters We Defy:

"Full of mesmerizing magic, The Monsters We Defy weaves together threads of real history with bits of the utterly fantastic." ―P. Djèli Clark, author of A Master of Djinn

"Masterfully crafted, with gorgeous prose, colourful characters, and a compelling plot. This smart and entertaining, magical heist novel hits all the right notes!" ―T.L. Huchu, author of The Library of the Dead

"Leslye Penelope blends magic, mystery, and mayhem in this deliciously complex historical fantasy." --Veronica Henry, author of Bacchanal

Author: Leslye Penelope
Publisher: Redhook
Published: 08/09/2022
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 8.80h x 5.80w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780316377911

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2022 pg. 13
Publishers Weekly 05/30/2022
Library Journal 06/17/2022 pg. 1
Booklist 07/01/2022 pg. 30
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