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Clara Johnson can talk to spirits – a gift that saved her during her darkest moments, now a curse that’s left her indebted to the cunning spirit world.

So when a powerful spirit offers her an opportunity to gain her freedom, Clara seizes the chance. The task: steal a magical ring from the wealthiest woman in the District.

Clara can’t pull off this daring heist alone. She’ll need the help of an unlikely team: from a handsome jazz musician able to hypnotize with a melody, to an ageing actor who can change his face.


But as conflict in the spirit world begins to leak into the human one – an insidious mystery is unfolding, one that could cost Clara her life.

The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope

  • Format: Paperback

    ISBN: 9780356518091

    Imprint: Orbit UK

  • ‘Rich and immersive. . . full of mesmerizing magic!’ – P. Djèlí Clark, author of A Master of Djinn.

    ‘Penelope’s blend of fantasy and history is pitch perfect. . . Readers will be wowed,’ – Publishers Weekly.

    ‘Masterfully crafted. This smart and entertaining magical heist novel hits all the right notes,’ – T. L. Huchu.

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