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October 2018 Fiction: Fantasy, Science Fiction

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The Bartered Brides
By (author): Mercedes Lackey
9780756408749 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Historical Oct 16, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.22 x 9.34 x 1.1 in 320 pages DAW
The thirteenth novel in the magical alternate history Elemental Masters series continues the reimagined adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a richly-detailed alternate 20th-century England.

The threat of Moriarty is gone—but so is Sherlock Holmes.

Even as they mourn the loss of their friend and colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty’s network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hire the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens.

The more bodies emerge, the more the gang suspects that there is dangerous magic at work, and that Moriarty’s associates are somehow involved. But as they race against the clock to uncover the killer, it will take all their talents, Magic, and Psychic Powers—and perhaps some help from a dearly departed friend—to bring the murderer to justice.

Story Locale: Alternate Victorian England

Series Overview: Elemental Masters is a series of interconnected standalone novels, centered on a reimagined fairytale, set in an alternate turn-of-the-century England where magical masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.

BESTSELLING SERIES: Each Elemental Masters novel has been a B&N and Locus bestseller

HISTORICAL FANTASY & STEAMPUNK: Lackey’s latest Elemental Masters novels combine these popular subgenres

CROSS-SELL with mass market of A Scandal in Battersea

EXCELLENT REVIEWS: The Elemental Masters regularly receives rave reviews

SHERLOCK HOLMES SALES BOOST: This series’ sales numbers saw a significant bump with the previous two books, A Study in Sable and A Scandal in Battersea, thanks to public interest in all things Sherlock Holmes

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator.

Author Residence: Claremore, OK

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Praise for the Elemental Masters series

“Lackey’s fantastical world of Elementals, plus her delightful Nan and Sarah, create an amusing contrast for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson…. The mix of humor, history, fantasy, and mystery is balanced in a way that any reader could pick up the book and thoroughly enjoy it from beginning to end.”—RT Reviews

“The action and dialogue flow freely, mingling with beautiful descriptions of European countryside and just a hint of romance…. A well-developed heroine and engaging story.”—Publishers Weekly

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