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T. Kingfisher

A Wizard's Guide To Defensive Baking

T. Kingfisher

Fourteen-year-old Mona isn't like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can't control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt's bakery making gingerbread men dance.

But Mona's life is turned upside down when she finds a dead body on the bakery floor. An assassin is stalking the streets of Mona's city, preying on magic folk, and it appears that Mona is his next target. And in an embattled city suddenly bereft of wizards, the assassin may be the least of Mona's worries...

Bryony and Roses

T. Kingfisher

Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world. Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city.

But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor, or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally? And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard?

Armed only with gardening shears and her wits, Bryony must untangle the secrets of the house before she -- or the Beast -- are swallowed by them.

Jackalope Wives and Other Stories

T. Kingfisher

From award-winning author T. Kingfisher comes a collection of short stories and poems, many of which were nominated for or won awards. By turns funny, lyrical, angry and beautiful, this anthology includes two all-new stories, appearing for the first time in print.

Table of Contents:

Minor Mage

T. Kingfisher

Oliver was a very minor mage. His familiar reminded him of this several times a day.

He only knew three spells, and one of them was to control his allergy to armadillo dander. His attempts to summon elementals resulted in nosebleeds, and there is nothing more embarrassing than having your elemental leave the circle to get you a tissue, pat you comfortingly, and then disappear in a puff of magic. The armadillo had about wet himself laughing.

He was a very minor mage.

Unfortunately, he was all they had.

This is a short novel of approximately 49,300 words, which places it outside the boundary for the Hugo Award Novella category.


T. Kingfisher

This short story originally appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 17, July-August 2017.

Read the full story for free at Uncanny Magazine.

Paladin's Grace

T. Kingfisher

Stephen's god died on the longest day of the year...

Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind...

Summer in Orcus

T. Kingfisher

When the witch Baba Yaga walks her house into the backyard, eleven-year-old Summer enters into a bargain for her heart's desire. Her search will take her to the strange, surreal world of Orcus, where birds talk, women change their shape, and frogs sometimes grow on trees. But underneath the whimsy of Orcus lies a persistent darkness, and Summer finds herself hunted by the monstrous Houndbreaker, who serves the distant, mysterious Queen-in-Chains...

An illustrated version of this novel was produced by Sofawolf Press in 2017, with cover and illustrations by Lauren "Luve" Henderson. That edition was a finalist for The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book in 2018, its first year of existence.

Read the entire novel for free at the author's website.

Telling the Bees

T. Kingfisher

This short story was originally published in Strange Horizons in December 2015. It has been collected in Jackalope Wives and Other Stories.

Read this story for free at Strange Horizons.

The Dryad's Shoe

T. Kingfisher

This short story was originally published in Fantasy Magazine in October 2014. It has been collected in Jackalope Wives and Other Stories.

Read this story for free at Fantasy Magazine.

The Halcyon Fairy Book

T. Kingfisher

The Halcyon Fairy Book contains two sections: The Annotated Fairy Tales, a delightful collection of wry and insightful comments on traditional fairy tales, originally presented in her blog, and her first collection of fairy-tale inspired original works, Toad Words.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction to The Annotated Fairy Tales - essay by Ursula Vernon
  • The Blue Light - (2012) - essay
  • The Master-Maid - (2012) - essay
  • The Crystal Casket - (2012) - essay
  • The Wonderful Sheep - (2017) - essay
  • The Wonderful Birch - (2012) - essay
  • The Golden Apple Tree and the Nine Peahens - (2012) - essay
  • The Deer Prince - (2012) - essay
  • Two Cinderellas - (2012) - essay
  • The Story of Log - (2012) - essay
  • Tatterhood - (2012) - essay
  • The Seven Doves - (2013) - essay
  • The King of Love - essay
  • Introduction to Toad Words and Other Stories - essay
  • It Has Come to My Attention - (2011) - poem
  • Toad Words - (2014) - short story
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman - (2011) - short story
  • Bluebeard's Wife - (2012) - short story
  • Loathly - (2012) - short story
  • The Sea Witch Sets the Record Straight - (2013) - short story
  • Never - (2011) - short story
  • Bait - (2014) - poem
  • Night - (2004) - short story
  • Boar and Apples - novella
  • Odd Season - (2014) - poem

The Hollow Places

T. Kingfisher

Pray they are hungry.

Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she's discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle's house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area -- only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts... and the more one fears them, the stronger they become.

The Raven & The Reindeer

T. Kingfisher

In this strange, sly retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen," when Gerta's friend Kay is stolen away by the mysterious Snow Queen, it's up to Gerta to find him. Her journey will take her through a dangerous land of snow and witchcraft, accompanied only by a bandit and a talking raven. Can she win her friend's release, or will following her heart take her to unexpected places?

The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society

T. Kingfisher

Hugo Award-nominated Short Story

This story originally appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 25, November-December 2018. It can also be found in the anthology The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen (2019), edited by Jonathan Strahan.

Read the full story for free at Uncanny.

The Seventh Bride

T. Kingfisher

Young Rhea is a miller's daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don't turn down lords -- no matter how sinister they may seem -- Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.

Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat "Come back before dawn, or else I'll marry you."

With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.

The Twisted Ones

T. Kingfisher

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother's home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.

When Mouse's dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there's more--Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather's journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants... until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors--because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they're looking for you. And if she doesn't face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

Clockwork Boys

Clocktaur War: Book 1

T. Kingfisher

A paladin, an assassin, a forger, and a scholar ride out of town. It's not the start of a joke, but rather an espionage mission with deadly serious stakes. A murderous band of criminals (and a scholar), are thrown together in an attempt to unravel the secret of the Clockwork Boys, mechanical soldiers from a neighboring kingdom that promise ruin to the Dowager's city.

If they succeed, rewards and pardons await, but that requires a long journey through enemy territory, directly into the capital. It also requires them to refrain from killing each other along the way!

The Wonder Engine

Clocktaur War: Book 2

T. Kingfisher

Pull three people out of prison--a disgraced paladin, a convicted forger, and a heartless assassin. Give them weapons, carnivorous tattoos, and each other. Point them at the enemy.

What could possibly go wrong?

In the sequel to CLOCKWORK BOYS, Slate, Brenner, Caliban and Learned Edmund have arrived in Anuket City, the source of the mysterious Clockwork Boys. But the secrets they're keeping could well destroy them, before the city even gets the chance...


Swordheart: Book 1

T. Kingfisher

Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle's estate... and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in-laws... and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all.

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