New Release Books by Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is the author of The Velvet Fox (2021), The Clockwork Crow (2021), The Red Gloves and Other Stories (2021), Sound Citizens (2021) and other 118 books.

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The Velvet Fox

release date: Nov 09, 2021
The Velvet Fox
In a magical sequel to the award-winning The Clockwork Crow, Seren and Tomos think they''ve bested the fairies who tried to steal them away forever--until Tomos makes the mistake of saying this aloud. After rescuing her godbrother Tomos from fairy enchantment, orphan Seren Rhys wants nothing more than to enjoy her new life at the charming manor house called Plas-y-Fran. But when Tomos thoughtlessly challenges the fairies, a mysterious new governess arrives in a gust of leaves. Seren has always wanted an education, but Mrs. Honeybourne doesn''t believe that girls have the right to one, and Seren''s family seems strangely intent upon agreeing with anything the governess says. As dangerous figures from a magical toy carousel stalk the house, Seren calls upon her old friend the Clockwork Crow for help. Yet when faced with the Velvet Fox, a creature even the Crow fears, Seren will need to use her smarts to overcome the dangers around her and protect what she loves. Brimming with Welsh folklore and atmosphere, Catherine Fisher''s latest tale of family, pluck, and fairy magic will delight readers--and wrap them in its spell.

The Clockwork Crow

release date: Sep 28, 2021
The Clockwork Crow
Evoking the classic fantasy adventures of Joan Aiken and Eva Ibbotson, this darkly delightful new novel from New York Times best-selling author Catherine Fisher glimmers with winter magic. Orphan Seren Rhys is on her way to a new life at the remote country mansion of Plas-y Fran when she is given a package by a stranger late at night in an empty train station. The package contains a crotchety, mechanical talking crow, which Seren reluctantly brings to her new home. But when she gets there, the happy Christmas she had hoped for turns out to be an illusion--the young son of the house, Tomos, has been missing for almost a year, rumored to have been taken by the fairies. With the Crow''s reluctant help and a little winter magic, Seren sets off on a perilous journey to bring Tomos home. An enthralling story of family and belonging set in frost-bound Victorian Wales.

The Red Gloves and Other Stories

release date: Sep 16, 2021
The Red Gloves and Other Stories
Gripping stories of myth, folklore and magic:Two step-brothers share one nightmare; red gloves that reach for your throat; a changing room where a stranger asks to swap lives with you; and a ghost in the rain... An expert storyteller weaves nine spells. Fear mixed with wit, heart and magic.

Sound Citizens

release date: Jun 08, 2021
Sound Citizens
In 1954 Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives, argued that radio had ‘created a bigger revolution in the life of a woman than anything that has happened any time’ as it brought the public sphere into the home and women into the public sphere. Taking this claim as its starting point, Sound Citizens examines how a cohort of professional women broadcasters, activists and politicians used radio to contribute to the public sphere and improve women’s status in Australia from the introduction of radio in 1923 until the introduction of television in 1956. This book reveals a much broader and more complex history of women’s contributions to Australian broadcasting than has been previously acknowledged. Using a rich archive of radio magazines, station archives, scripts, personal papers and surviving recordings, Sound Citizens traces how women broadcasters used radio as a tool for their advocacy; radio’s significance to the history of women’s advancement; and how broadcasting was used in the development of women’s citizenship in Australia. It argues that women broadcasters saw radio as a medium that had the potential to transform women’s lives and status in society, and that they worked to both claim their own voices in the public sphere and to encourage other women to become active citizens. Radio provided a platform for women to contribute to public discourse and normalised the presence of women’s voices in the public sphere, both literally and figuratively.

The Midnight Swan

release date: Oct 01, 2020
The Midnight Swan
With an invisible girl, a parliament of owls and a pen that writes by itself, the journey to the Garden of the Midnight Swan might be Seren''s most dangerous adventure yet. In this third book of the award-winning The Clockwork Crow series, Seren and Tomos must try to help the Crow find the way back to his human form. But why is Captain Jones enquiring about Seren''s past? How have the sinister Fair Family gate-crashed the Midsummer Ball, and what is the one desire of the mysterious Midnight Swan?

The Door in the Moon

release date: Mar 24, 2015
The Door in the Moon
From the New York Times bestselling author of Incarceron, this genre-busting fantasy is perfect for fans of Doctor Who, Blade Runner, and Cassandra Clare''s Mortal Instruments series. Only the Obsidian Mirror can save a life, change the past, or rescue the future. In this third volume of the internationally acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, it''s Midsummer Night. It''s hot. And everyone in Wintercombe Alley is dreaming strange and disturbing dreams—until Jake and Sarah are swept through the Obsidian Mirror and time itself into a nightmare world of revolution and murder. Meanwhile, Oberon Venn faces a choice between staying mortal or losing his soul in the tangled green wildwood of the faerie realm. Catherine Fisher, master of world-building and plot twists—from a masked ball to a desperate struggle at the very foot of the guillotine—continues the breathtaking and dangerous search for those who Time has snatched away.

The Slanted Worlds

release date: Feb 24, 2015
The Slanted Worlds
"Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future"--

The Imprisonment of African American Women

release date: Jan 10, 2014
The Imprisonment of African American Women
This book reviews the disproportionate number of African American women making up the United States’ prison population, looking particularly at how the nation’s prison systems are ill-equipped to meet the basic needs of its ever-growing population. Topics covered include reasons why young African American women are first drawn into criminal behavior; trends connecting incarceration to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; the effects of incarceration on inmates’ families and children; and possible preventive measures or alternatives to imprisonment.

Relic Master Part 2

release date: Jun 13, 2013
Relic Master Part 2
Master Galen and Raffi continue to evade the Watch as they seek the ancient relic that could save Anara and find themselves in the Pit of Maar in the deepest and darkest part of the city.

Obsidian Mirror

release date: Apr 23, 2013
Obsidian Mirror
The obsidian mirror. Its power is great and terrible. Men have been lost in it, the dead brought back to life through it, and the future annihilated by it. Or this is what will happen unless the mirror is destroyed. Three people seek the mirror: the first has been sent from the future to shatter its power; the second will protect the mirror at all costs, obsessed with its power; and the third needs the mirror to find a murdered father and save his life. But only one can succeed. The mirror can send you to the past, but it will not bring you back. With superb world-building that includes the real world, the faery world, and a dystopic future, this hauntingly astonishing adventure is the start of a new trilogy from the master of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, Catherine Fisher. Fans of Orson Scott Card, Dr. Who, Shakespeare, and Blade Runner won''t be disappointed.

Darkwater

release date: Sep 27, 2012
Darkwater
It is a life-changing deal—and it will end your life as you know it. Sarah Trevelyan would give anything to regain the power and wealth her family has lost, so she makes a bargain with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. He will give her everything she needs to restore the Trevelyan name, and one hundred years to do it—in exchange for her soul. Fast-forward a hundred years to Tom, who dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School. A professor named Azrael offers him a bargain. Will Sarah be able to stop Tom from making the same mistake? Catherine Fisher''s version of Faust is utterly spellbinding!

Corbenic

release date: Jan 31, 2012
Corbenic
It starts when Cal gets off the train at the wrong stop in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere. He''s stranded. Following a muddy path leads him to a castle that appears to be deserted. But inside is Corbenic, a magnificent hotel filled with rich people preparing for a banquet—and Cal is their guest of honor. During the meal, he experiences a disturbing vision, but when he is asked to talk about what he has seen, he denies it. What if he''s becoming crazy, like his mother? When Cal wakes the next morning, the elegant castle turns out to be nothing more than an abandoned ruin. But something inside him has changed—he now knows he needs to right the wrongs in his life. It will be a difficult journey, and if Cal achieves his goal, it will not be without cost. The first step—he must return to Corbenic.

Snow-walker

release date: Jan 31, 2012
Snow-walker
Since Gudrun came from the frozen mists beyond the edge of the world, the Jarl''s people have obeyed her in hatred andterror. But the enchantress has one weakness: a son, Kari, banished to a forbidding fortress in the north, never seen by the Jarl''s people. In secret they wonder: Are the rumors true? Was he born a monster? Now Jessa and her cousin Thorkil have been exiled to the north, and if they survive the journey, they will find the truth: Is Kari a beast? Or the means to stop the sorceress?

At the World's End

release date: May 01, 2015
At the World's End
Caz has been living in the department store since the day the Blue Star came and killed everyone who breathed in its toxic snow. She can''t do so much as look outside. But life in the store is getting dangerous and so Caz decides to take her chances in the world outside, with only Will for company. What will she find in the bleak landscape? And is there even anything to find?

Conjuror's Game

release date: Dec 31, 2011
Conjuror's Game
Alick is fascinated by Luke Ferris - the Conjuror! Where does he get his strange powers of healing? Why has he got six fingers? What is his connection with the sinister goings-on at the Mere in Halcombe Great Wood? Then Alick follows the Conjuror to the secret chamber under the hillside. There he discovers the ancient game of Fidchell and accidentally removes a key piece in the game - unleashing dark and terrifying forces on to the world.

The Candle Man

release date: Dec 31, 2011
The Candle Man
Meurig, the fiddler, is a haunted man. Hafren, the evil spirit-woman of the Severn has captured his soul and now possesses the key to his life - a small candle stub. Hafren taunts and torments Meurig but with help from Conor and Sara, he CAN take back his life from her watery grasp - at the cost of flooding the land. Meurig must make his choice - his life or the village. . . . . .

Fintan's Tower

release date: Dec 31, 2011
Fintan's Tower
Jamie was at the library looking for a book that was different, one he could get lost in. But he didn''t mean it literally. The Book with his own name in it leads Jamie and his sister Jenny into the Summer Country - a world of magic and danger, where even time behaves strangely; where Fintan''s Tower has held its prisoner since the days of Camelot, and will keep Jamie and Jenny, too, unless Jamie can read the book right . . .

Peter Sellers Calm Coloring Book

release date: Dec 11, 2019

The Empty Hand

release date: Nov 30, 2011
The Empty Hand
A creature moves down out of the uttermost North. It''s a sending summoned by Gudrun to cause destruction in the kingdom of Wulfgar, and as it travels down towards the Jarlshold it leaves a trail of devastation in its wake. Kari Ragnarrson tells his friends of old that he knows why the creature is coming: it has been sent by Gudrun as a test for him, a test of the powers which he has inherited from her. Ultimately, Kari must come to terms with the full strength of his powers in order to win his struggle and defeat the curse of Gudrun. It is a battle of the spirit which Kari knows he must win.

The Bramble King

release date: Apr 30, 2019
The Bramble King
The Bramble King is full of darkly resonant tales, ingenious parables, curiously haunted rooms and palaces, and beautifully observed images of the natural world. A prolific, popular and prize-winning author of fantasy fiction, Catherine began her career as a poet, and Seren published her early volumes: Immrama, The Unexplored Ocean and Altered States. The Bramble King is Fisher''s first collection of poems since 1999. The book opens with a series dedicated to imaginary planets, each with unique properties: sometimes sinister, such as ''Hades'' where "the sky flames all day and all night"; or as unsettling as ''Babel'' where "there are voices everywhere, singing, crying and no one listens"; or as humorously surreal as ''Gravitas'' where "each arm takes centuries to rise". The next three-part poem is a narrative focused on the life of a girl who seems to live in a corridor of glass and is defined by her elusive image in multiple reflections. Characteristically in these poems, the protagonists attain a mysterious status such as ''The Daughter of the Sun'' in her lonely tower. Sometimes they are directly borrowed from myths: of King Arthur in ''Sion''s Seat''; of characters from the Welsh medieval tales: ''Gronw Pebyr'' and ''Branwen'' in ''From the Mabinogion''. The hauntings are mostly in modern guise: ''The House to its Owner''; ''The Flat Where the Cinema Was''; ''The House Where the School Was''. A former tenant is evoked through the remnants of his uncollected mail. There is a thoughtful series of poems inspired by artwork. The author''s experience of life-drawing informs her eloquent poems about the work of Edgar Degas, the great 19th century painter renowned for his draughtsmanship. ''Post War'' recounts an anecdote of Wynford Vaughan Thomas who recalls his delight as he came across masterpieces hidden for safety in an Italian monastery at the close of World War Two. The natural world is also vibrantly observed and most often to a purpose, to recall a specific set of human thoughts and emotions. ''Frost'' is full of precise observation and casts an appropriately chilly spell on the reader. Pre-history is also wonderfully imagined in ''Prehistoric footprints'' and the ominously eerie nature of a landscape pervades in ''There are Places in the Downs that Turn you Back''. This is a beautifully thoughtful and wonderfully entertaining collection of verse.

Obsidian Mirror: 04: The Speed of Darkness

release date: May 03, 2016
Obsidian Mirror: 04: The Speed of Darkness
A great storm brews out at sea and batters the Devon coast, flooding vast swathes of land. At Wintercombe Abbey the preceding weeks have been spent in a ferment of experimentation, as Jake Wilde''s father, David and Maskelyne work furiously on Operation Leah. They have been practising changing tiny events in the past, in preparation for the rescue of Venn''s wife Leah from death, the culmination of their work with the Obsidian Mirror. But in the aftermath of the storm, the Abbey is a drowned house. Where is the Mirror? What has happened to the two halves of the Janus coin? Whose is the mysterious boat wrecked up on the nearby beach? And what plans of mischief and mayhem lay in store for Halloween - the day chosen for Leah''s return? Riddles and mysteries unfold in the spellbinding conclusion to The Obsidian Mirror quartet.

The Crystal Stair

release date: May 01, 2016
The Crystal Stair
In this sequel to At the World''s End, Caz and Will struggle to fit in at the Settlement where the genders are strictly separated. After the battle to arrive, it seems that they may be setting out into the frozen world once again. Gripping YA dystopia for ages 12+

Journey Into the Chronoptika: A Free Sampler

release date: Dec 04, 2014
Journey Into the Chronoptika: A Free Sampler
The Chronotoptika is a dazzling new quartet blending myth, science and time travel. Journey into the Chronoptika with this free sampler of Door in the Moon, with the first three chapters of Door in the Moon and bonus material from the author. Jake''s father, David Wilde, has disappeared whilst working for the strange recluse, Oberon Venn. A once famous explorer and collector of antiquities, Venn has withdrawn from the world following the death of his wife. He is obsessed with the desire to re-enter time, travel back, change the past, and resurrect his wife. This is the project on which Jack''s father was working, and during which he disappeared. Venn fills his house with objects from his journeys into the past, and through his time-travel device, the Obsidian Mirror. Jake''s aim is to recover his father - no matter what - and he ventures into the periods when his father was reputedly last seen alive. Victorian London, then the Blitz of the Second World War. By Door in the Moon he is in 1798 Paris, on the eve of the French Revolution ...

The Box of Red Brocade

release date: Oct 03, 2013
The Box of Red Brocade
On a mission to recover his father lost in time, Jake finds himself in 1940s London. From the rubble of the Blitzed city, a clue leads him to an eccentric seer of ghosts, three sinister children and three strange prophesies. Two of them soon come to pass, but what is the Box of Red Brocade? Does it hold the secret of destroying the Obsidian Mirror? A talking bird, an invisible girl, a walking wood; the second volume of Catherine Fisher''s Chronoptika series is packed with mystery, magic and sinister intrigue. ''A new novel by Catherine Fisher, poet and prize-winning novelist is always worth looking out for. The Obsidian Mirror is both thriller and SF, and, being written in Fisher''s acid-etched prose, equally satisfying to fans of many genres. ''Amanda Craig, THE TIMES Children''s Book of the Week.

The Margrave #4

release date: Aug 09, 2011
The Margrave #4
The fourth installment in the Relic Master quartet! Galen and Raffi''s quest has brought them to the Pits of Maar. There, below the surface of the world, in the deepest darkness, a most evil thing is waiting for them to come. Watch a Video

The Hidden Coronet #3

release date: Jul 12, 2011
The Hidden Coronet #3
The third installment in the Relic Master quartet! The coronet, a potent ancient relic, might be the only way to defeat the power that is destroying Anara. But it has been lost for centuries, and only legend tells of its whereabouts. Will Galen and Raffi be able to find it before the Watch does? Watch a Video

The Lost Heiress

release date: Jun 14, 2011
The Lost Heiress
The second installment in the Relic Master quartet! Even though Tasceron and its Emperor have fallen, there is a rumor that the heiress to the throne still lives. If so, her life is in grave danger, especially from the Watch. Galen and Raffi must race to find and protect her. Watch a Video

The Dark City

release date: May 17, 2011
The Dark City
Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters-some human, some not-that also want the relic''s power and will stop at nothing to get it. Watch a Video

The Obsidian Mirror

release date: Oct 04, 2012
The Obsidian Mirror
TIME TRAVEL MEETS SCARY FAIRIES - but there''s so much more to Catherine Fisher''s brilliant Shakespeare Quartet which begins with The Obsidian Mirror ... Jake''s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger ... The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn''s estate: Sarah - a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne - who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror''s power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.

Incarceron

release date: Feb 08, 2011
Incarceron
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden''s daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive . . .
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