A Victorian urban fantasy featuring duelists, demons, and the dark arts, inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray. Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siecle wonders . . . and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she's sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina. Unfortunately for Evadne, she soon learns too much about all of it when Dorina meets their uncle's friend, Lady Henrietta "Henry" Wotton. A semi-respectable aristocrat in public, in private she is secretly in the thrall of a demon obsessed with beauty and pleasure. When Lady Henry and Dorina immediately hit it off, Evadne abandons her chaperone duties and enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets the fencing master she's always dreamed of. But soon, George reveals he is more than just a teacher. He has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and their servants, and he needs Evadne's help. As Evadne gets pulled further into this hidden world, she begins to suspect that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist. Even worse, she believes Dorina may have joined her. Combining swordplay, demons, and high society, Creatures of Will and Temper shows a timeless world and adventure readers won't soon forget. Author bio: Molly Tanzer is the Sydney J. Bounds and Wonderland Book Award-nominated author of Vermilion (an NPR and io9 Best Book of 2015), A Pretty Mouth, the historical crime novel The Pleasure Merchant, and other works. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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"Charlotte Gray ably narrates the fin-de-sicle coming-of-age story of two sisters. Evadne and Dorina Gray are spending the summer in London, where they become embroiled with demons and diabolists and have to choose what is most important to them before they lose everything. Gray's greatest strength is depicting the relationship between the two sisters: elder sister Evadne has a tendency to be brusque and standoffish, but only to mask her insecurity, while younger sister Dorina is spoiled and willful, but is actually much smarter than anyone realizes. Naturally, they clash continually, but Gray also teases out the underlying love that unites them. The plot occasionally falters, but Gray's adroit interpretation of the dramatic events that occur makes up for this weakness. K.M.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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