By Jamie Thomas
Lost in an otherworldly prison for dark magicians, an aristocrat’s shartp-tongued daughter must discover her own magic and rescue the true heir to the throne if she hopes to prevent a civil war. “Sure to win over fantasy readers” -Publishers Weekly
Published: Sept 2020
From the back cover:
Only the darkest and most dangerous of Mages are sentenced to pass through the gate to Asperfell.
Not one has ever returned.
Never did Briony dream she might set foot in the otherworldly prison of Asperfell. She was, after all, neither Mage nor criminal. She was simply her father’s little whirlwind—fingers smudged with ink, dresses caked with mud—forever lost in a book or the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate.
But Briony always had a knack for showing up where she was least expected.
Only by braving the gate of Asperfell could Briony hope to find the true heir to the throne of Tiralaen and save her kingdom from civil war. And so, she plunges into a world of caged madmen and demented spirits, of dark magic and cryptic whispers… and of a bleak and broken prince with no interest in being rescued.
Hauntingly beautiful and lavishly told, Asperfell is a must-read for fans of Jane Austen who always wished she’d dabbled in blood magic.
Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review):
The wonderfully inventive first installment in Thomas’s debut trilogy winningly combines the comedy of manners found in Regency romances with the high spirits of magical school adventure fantasies. […] The charming characters, understated romance that simmers between Briony and Elyan, and easily graspable politics are all well-rendered, but the true star here is the strange, mystical setting of Asperfell. This promising adventure has crossover YA appeal and is sure to win over fantasy readers.
ALA Booklist (Starred Review):
“Teen fantasy readers will find a relatable heroine in sheltered Briony, who can’t hold her tongue but still saves the day. […] This brilliant fantasy is told entirely from Briony’s perspective, and readers will love following her 12-year saga as they anxiously await more from debut author Thomas.”
Natalie Jenner, author of THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY:
“ASPERFELL is a haunting and beautifully written gothic tale, which immediately captured my attention with the measured ease of its prose – an ease all the more impressive in a debut author. Thomas portrays her characters with skill and affection, and the heroine Briony is a particular delight. […] Like Sarah Kozloff’s debut fantasy novel A QUEEN IN HIDING, ASPERFELL portrays another world in all its cinematic, medieval and bone-chilling glory, with a young female heroine whose journey to discover the full extent of her magical powers will inspire and hearten both adult and young adult readers.”
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About the Author:
A certified Language Arts teacher in the state of Washington, Thomas holds a Master’s degree in English Education and did her graduate research in the area of gender equality in high school literary curriculum. She is an avid lover of Victorian novels and poetry, Gothic Romanticism, and feminist literature, as well as epic female-led fantasy and historical fiction. Thomas aims to smash the patriarchy one novel at a time, creating characters and worlds that inspire, empower, and elevate women.
Previously, Thomas studied opera and received her formal training at the University of Montana and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and she still enjoys performing occasionally, as well as teaching vocal technique. She lives in Wenatchee, Wash., with her husband, daughter, two enormous dogs, and two mischievous cats.
Author’s Website: ThatJamieThomas.com
Author’s Twitter: @thatjamiethomas