Kat Howard is a full time writer living in the Twin Cities. Her short fiction has been performed on NPR as part of Selected Shorts, and selected for a year's best anthology. Her work has been included in Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, and Oz Reimagined, edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, and in magazines such as Apex, Lightspeed, and Subterranean.
Kat Howard recommends
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (2017)
(Mary Jekyll, book 1)
"Theodora Goss' splendid debut novel is a whipsmart look at the truths hiding in the stories Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein, and others that you might think you know. Full of bravery, adventures, monsters, and sisters, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter is a rich delight. I loved it, and I can't wait to read the next book."
Creatures of Will & Temper (2017)
(Creatures , book 1)
"Molly Tanzer's Creatures of Will and Temper is a smart, gorgeously written book about passion, loyalty, and love in many forms. And if that's not enough for you, it has demons and terrific fencing scenes! I loved this book, and you will too."
The Mere Wife (2018)
Maria Dahvana Headley
"The Mere Wife [is] an intense, visceral reading experience. . . [the book is] a revisioning of Beowulf, and Maria finds the bones, the sharp edges, the bleeding heart of that story, and tells it against a modern context."
(Mirage, book 1)
"Mirage is a fantastic book. It's full of my favourite things: secrets, intrigue, gorgeous mythology, and complicated characters. It will break your heart and fill you with hope"
For a Muse of Fire (2018)
(Shadow Players, book 1)
"FOR A MUSE OF FIRE is full of magic and danger, heartbreak and love. The book’s playfulness of form deepens the story’s truth, and the characters are complex and compelling. I loved it."
A Spark of White Fire (2018)
(Celestial Trilogy , book 1)
"Sangu Mandanna's A Spark of White Fire is full of brilliant, complex characters against a compelling mythological canvas. It's full of love and gods, reversals and surprises. I loved it and can't wait for the next book."
Empire of Sand (2018)
(Books of Ambha, book 1)
"I was hooked from the moment I began Tasha Suri's gorgeous debut novel, Empire of sand. Suri has created a rich world full of beautiful and powerful magic, utterly compelling characters, high stakes and immersive prose. I absolutely loved it!"
Here and Now and Then (2019)
"Mike Chen's debut novel is a generous, warm-hearted adventure. It's the story of a father, a daughter, and a love stronger than time itself. I absolutely loved it."
Miranda in Milan (2019)
"Miranda in Milan is a marvel of a story, full of strange and powerful magic, love, and other wonders. A brilliant take on what happens after the close of The Tempest."
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (2019)
H G Parry
"H.G. Parry's ambitious debut novel is a delight of magic and literature, love and adventure. With vibrant characters and a passion for story that shines through every word, this engaging read establishes Parry as a writer to watch."
The Monster of Elendhaven (2019)
"Horror fans will want to grab this one -- Giesbrecht has an extremely compelling voice."
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019)
Alix E Harrow
"A gorgeously written story of love and longing, of what it means to lose your place in the world and then have the courage to find it again."
Unnatural Magic (2019)
(Unnatural Magic, book 1)
C M Waggoner
"C.M. Waggoner's Unnatural Magic is a brilliant and terrifically fun book. I could have happily spent twice as long with Onna and Tsira in their compelling world and still wanted more. There's adventure and magic and murder, oh--and did I mention how much fun you'll have reading this?"
Scavenge the Stars (2020)
(Scavenge the Stars, book 1)
"Tara Sim's Scavenge the Stars is a compelling tale of revenge, full of complications and reverses. I was hooked by Amaya's story from the beginning, and devoured this book in huge gulps. I loved it, and am already excited for the sequel."
The Unwilling (2020)
(Barrier Lands, book 1)
"Kelly Braffet's The Unwilling is a viscerally powerful book. Full of complex and compelling characters, this is the story of the corruptions of power and the strength it takes to resist. This is an incredible, brilliant story."
(Hollow Crown, book 1)
"A brilliant novel full of memory and magic, love and vengeance."
Girl, Serpent, Thorn (2020)
"This is a gorgeously written book set in a beautiful and dangerous world. I loved the vividness of the story, and the way Bashardoust makes stories matter in this book. I was captivated from the beginning, and absolutely thrilled with the end. Watching Soraya come into her own as a character was a delight."
Every Bone a Prayer (2020)
"Ashley Blooms's debut novel, Every Bone a Prayer, is a brilliant and powerful book. Misty's story is full of magic and heartbreak, sorrow and strength. This is a vital story, beautifully written, and one I highly recommend."
The Midnight Bargain (2020)
C L Polk
"I was utterly charmed.... It's the perfect blend of fantasy and romance."
The Bright and Breaking Sea (2020)
(Captain Kit Brightling, book 1)
"The Bright and Breaking Sea is an utter delight. I deeply enjoyed my voyage with Kit Brightling and her loyal and charming crew and would happily sail with them anywhere."
All the Murmuring Bones (2021)
A G Slatter
"A story as gorgeously gothic as its title. This is a novel of blood and bones, of salt and silver, of an absolutely haunting richness. I was compelled from the very beginning and held rapt to the end."
E K Johnston
"E. K. Johnston's Aetherbound is a powerful and gorgeous story of a character who makes her own self, family, and future. I loved it completely."
The Death of Jane Lawrence (2021)
"With The Death of Jane Lawrence, Caitlin Starling establishes herself as a queen of gothic horror. I absolutely loved this smart, compelling book about the weight and consequence of love, and how far we are willing to go in its service."
Not Your Average Hot Guy (2021)
(Match Made in Hell, book 1)
"I never knew the Apocalypse could be so much fun! I absolutely loved spending time with these characters, and in this world. Even if it is almost ending."
A Marvellous Light (2021)
(Last Binding, book 1)
"Freya Marske's A Marvellous Light is an absolute delight. I was caught from the very beginning by the compellingly realized characters, the gorgeous and deadly magical world, and the fascinating mystery. If you ever wished Downton Abbey was sharper-edged and full of magic, this is the book for you."
Darling Girl (2022)
"Darling Girl is a richly written story of what it means to live in the wake of a fairy tale, and the strength and courage it takes to step out of that shadow and find your own story. Full of heartache, sacrifice, and bravery, this is a book that will linger in a reader's thoughts."
Our Crooked Hearts (2022)
"Our Crooked Hearts is a glitter-edged razor of a book, sharp and keen. The magic here is real and visceral, with powerful consequences. I fell into this book like Alice falling into Wonderland, and I didn't want to leave."
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