A Sorceress Comes to Call (Hardcover)
From New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author T. Kingfisher comes A Sorceress Comes to Call—a dark reimagining of the Brothers Grimm's "The Goose Girl," rife with secrets, murder, and forbidden magic.
*The hardcover edition features a foil stamp on the casing and custom endpapers illustrated by the author.*
Cordelia knows her mother is . . . unusual. Their house doesn’t have any doors between rooms—there are no secrets in this house—and her mother doesn't allow Cordelia to have a single friend. Unless you count Falada, her mother's beautiful white horse. The only time Cordelia feels truly free is on her daily rides with him.
But more than simple eccentricity sets her mother apart. Other mothers don’t force their daughters to be silent and motionless for hours, sometimes days, on end. Other mothers aren’t evil sorcerers.
After a suspicious death in their small town, Cordelia’s mother insists they leave in the middle of the night, riding away together on Falada’s sturdy back, leaving behind all Cordelia has ever known. They arrive at the remote country manor of a wealthy older man, the Squire, and his unwed sister, Hester. Cordelia’s mother intends to lure the Squire into marriage, and Cordelia knows this can only be bad news for the bumbling gentleman and his kind, intelligent sister.
And indeed Hester sees the way Cordelia shrinks away from her mother. How the young girl sits eerily still at dinner every night. Hester knows that to save her brother from bewitchment and to rescue the terrified Cordelia, she will have to face down a wicked witch of the worst kind.
"Kingfisher never fails to dazzle."—Peter S. Beagle, Hugo-, Nebula-, and Locus-Award winning author of The Last Unicorn
"Kingfisher is an inventive fantasy powerhouse."—BookPage
Also by T. Kingfisher
Nettle & Bone
What Moves the Dead
What Feasts at Night
A House with Good Bones
Praise for Nettle & Bone:
“This book is a modern classic.”—Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway
"Nettle & Bone is a wonderful entwining of darkness & whimsy."—Travis Baldree, New York Times bestselling author of Legends & Lattes
“Exciting, deeply wise, sad, brutal and compassionate all at once.”—Catriona Ward, author of Last House on Needless Street
“T. Kingfisher uses the bones of fairy tale to create something entirely her own.”—Emily Tesh, Hugo-nominated author of Silver in the Wood
“Funny, frightening, and full of heart; I loved it.”—Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
"Kingfisher’s combination of comedy with feminist rage in a complex fairytale setting makes for a wholly entertaining read."—Buzzfeed
“Deeply satisfying and darkly funny feminist fairytale . . . . this marvelous romp will delight Kingfisher’s fans and fairytale lovers alike.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“Blending fairy-tale familiarity and common-sense characters, Kingfisher’s prose balances grim circumstances with humor and heart.”—Library Journal, STARRED review
"Kingfisher is an inventive fantasy powerhouse, and Nettle & Bone represents the burgeoning 'hopepunk' ethos at its finest, with its winsome characters and focus on their fight to make the world a better place."—Bookpage, STARRED review
"Clever and bold-hearted . . . this rollicking feminist fairy tale is filled with redemption, community and courage, its dark passages the road to a satisfyingly uplifting endgame."—Shelf Awareness, STARRED review
"Nettle & Bone leans into the macabre and evokes the Grimm-est of stories . . . Highly recommended for fans of fractured fables like Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread." —Booklist, STARRED review
“Nettle & Bone is full of delights and surprises—and proves that [Kingfisher] has more than a few tricks left up her sleeve.”—Locus