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The Magician's Daughter

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A young woman raised on an isolated island by a magician discovers things aren’t as they seem and must venture into early 1900s England to return magic to the world in this "brilliantly imagined" historical fantasy (Lucy Holland).

Off the coast of Ireland sits a legendary island hidden by magic. A place of ruins and ancient trees, sea-salt air and fairy lore, Hy-Brasil is the only home Biddy has ever known. Washed up on its shore as a baby, Biddy lives a quiet life with her guardian, the mercurial magician Rowan. A life she finds increasingly stifling.
One night, Rowan fails to return from his mysterious travels. To find him, Biddy must venture into the outside world for the first time. But Rowan has powerful enemies—forces who have hoarded the world’s magic and have set their sights on the magician’s many secrets.
Biddy may be the key to stopping them. Yet the closer she gets to answers, the more she questions everything she’s ever believed about Rowan, her past, and the nature of magic itself.
For more from H. G. Parry, check out:

The Shadow Histories
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians
A Radical Act of Free Magic

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

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"From the mysterious and magical Hy-Brasil to the poorest streets of post-Victorian London, this exciting tale of a young woman caught between two worlds is brilliantly-imagined. I love the way Parry blends mythic elements with wit and heart. A fast pace, period detail and an intriguing cast of real, flawed people make The Magician's Daughter a book to be absolutely devoured."—Lucy Holland, author of Sistersong
"The Magician's Daughter is innovative fairy tale and deftly researched historical fiction in one, full of captivating magic and richly drawn characters. HG Parry crafts an evocative world rife with a struggle for equity, justice, and the occasional miracle that readers won't be able to forget."—Rowenna Miller, author of Torn
"There are the best kind of fairytale elements in The Magician’s Daughter—the ones that draw you in and make you believe that magic does exist. Animal familiars, an island that only appears on certain days, and a young heroine who learns the depths of her strength. I absolutely adored it!"—Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter
"The Magician's Daughter casts a spell with its warm and subtle prose. Parry has created an enchantment of a novel?a coming-of-age story teeming with magic, with characters striving to change an unjust world?this is a book to be savoured."—E. J. Beaton, author of The Councillor
"A compelling journey into a world of fading myth and mystery, evoking the magic of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by way of The Dark is Rising. The old magic runs deep in H. G. Parry's veins. The Magician's Daughter is a true delight."—Cameron Johnston, author of The Maleficent Seven
Praise for The Shadow Histories:

"A first-rate blend of political drama and magic battle–action....Absolutely superb." ?Kirkus

"A witty, riveting historical fantasy....Parry has a historian's eye for period detail and weaves real figures from history-including Robespierre and Toussaint L'Ouverture-throughout her poetic tale of justice, liberation, and dark magic. This is a knockout."?Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

"Impeccably researched and epically written, this novel is a stellar start to what promises to be a grand new fantasy series."?Booklist (starred review) 

"It's no simple task to wrangle fifteen years of tumult in a few hundred pages, but Parry manages it with a deft hand. Her alternate history 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 

"An absolute delight to read; splendid and fluid, with beautiful and complex use of language."?Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library 

Praise for 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, bestselling author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

"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 (starred review)

"Fun, witty, and full of insights about the powerful effect of stories on our lives, this book is highly recommended."?Booklist (starred review)

"Part mystery, all magical, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is both amusing and perceptive; the novel entertains as it reminds us of the power of words and how fiction can influence real life."?Locus

"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, author of An Unkindness of Ghosts

"H.G. Parry has crafted an imaginative and unique exploration of how words shift our lives in ways big and small. A rollicking adventure."?Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then

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