Be careful what you wish for - these fantasies show what happens when the Gods and/or the Powers That Be take a personal interest in someone.
In the sultan’s palace in Granada, Fatima is a concubine who yearns for freedom. Outside the palace gates the Inquisition lays siege to the city. When she recognizes the threat that the Inquisition poses to her friend Hassan, a mapmaker with magical gifts, the two of them escape into the night, risking the wrath of the Sultanate in a quest for freedom and survival. This is a historical fantasy with charming characters and lyrical writing.
After a war in the distant past between rival gods, the losing deities were forced to become slaves to mortal humans. A young woman, named possible heir to the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, finds her life increasingly complicated by these subjugated gods.
V.E. Schwab, plays with the idea of a “Faustian bargain.” The titular character makes a deal with one of the “old gods that answer after dark" to avoid an unwanted arranged marriage. Through her own cunning and strength of will, she molds the bargain into mostly what she wanted. This is a compelling story that covers not only the centuries, but the range of human experience, from jubilation to devastation and everything in between.
A fascinating, heart-warming and bone-chilling collection of stories, in prose or poetry, of how women survive and thrive, even in the most difficult circumstances. These tales will leave you breathless, whether from anticipation, shock, wonder, or laughing out loud, and are the result of a master writer applying her skills to material that she loves. It is a MUST read for those drawn to our ancient stories.