When Theodora Goss released The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter last June, Black Gate reviewer Zeta Moore raved, calling it “A Novel You’ve Been Waiting For Your Whole Life.” Here’s a clip from her review.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter [is] a 400-page extravaganza featuring… the daughters of legendary characters from classic fantasy and science fiction… When Mary Jekyll’s mother dies, the young inheritor of her meager estate discovers her father — Henry Jekyll himself — associated with a troubling league of gentlemen endowed with brilliant scientific ambition. With the help of Diana Hyde, a feral and headstrong spitfire (and daughter of Mr. Hyde), and a miraculous and unwilling scientific marvel named Beatrice, whom her revered father has tainted with poison from noxious plants, Mary embarks on a quest to discover just what her father’s band of brothers sought to accomplish.
Along the way, they enlist the help of an exemplary detective named Sherlock Holmes, his cherished assistant, Watson, and Catherine Moreau, daughter of the most barbaric and daring scientist of them all. Unless you factor Doctor Victor Frankenstein into the equation…
The anxiously-waited sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, arrives in hardcover from Saga Press on Tuesday. It’s a massive volume, 720 pages, and the second chapter in what’s now being called The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club.
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Publishers Weekly calls it “terrific fun,” saying:
The “monstrous” daughters of a gaggle of notorious experimenters — Mary Jekyll and Diana Hyde, Beatrice Rappacini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein — have banded together as the Athena Club, dedicated to the independence of its membership and the destruction of their fathers’ nefarious schemes. The core of those schemes is the Société des Alchimistes, scientists who scorn the ethical norms of their peers. Adventure sparks when Mary receives a desperate letter from Lucinda Van Helsing: “I am… the subject of certain experiments carried out by my father.” Justine joins Mary to spearhead a rescue, and before long the entire crew are chasing from London to Vienna to Budapest on the ever-expanding quest.
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman is priced at $26.99 in hardcover and $7.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Kate Forrester.
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