Rebel Angels

By

In this companion book to the New York Times bestseller A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray takes up where she left off, at Spence Academy, a posh English finishing school. Three sixteen-year-olds—rich Felicity, impoverished Ann, and the new girl, Gemma—head off to London for the 1895 Christmas season, still committed in their quest to bind the wild magic of The Realms, the world into which only Gemma has the power to enter. Bray has a firm grasp of the cruel interactions of young women, and she keeps the tension among them taut even as they work together to defeat Circe, a witch trying to claim the power of The Realms for herself—leaving corpses and madwomen in her wake. Like the first book, Rebel Angels is a complex and well-blended mix of fantasy, mystery, romance, and even a little horror, all dressed up in historical costumes. Yet its greatest charm is Gemma herself—powerful yet insecure, intelligent and witty, yet gauche in society, searching for a place in a world constantly trying to put her in her place. Brava to Libba Bray for a thoroughly entertaining, imaginative, and original novel.

Share this review

Buy "The Beggar at the Gate & Other Stories" for £2.05 (Kindle edition)

12 of the best stories selected from the 2012 Historical Novel Society Short Story Award

Details

Publisher

Published

Genre
,

Period

Century

Price
(US) $18.99
(CA) $26.99

ISBN
(US) 0385730292

Format
Hardback

Pages
560

Review

Appeared in

Reviewed by