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Creatures of Will & Temper

(2017)
(The first book in the Creatures series)
A novel by

 
 
“A delightful, dark, and entertaining romp . . . Molly Tanzer is at the top of her form in this beautifully constructed novel.”—Jeff VanderMeer, best-selling author of the Southern Reach trilogy
 
Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siècle wonders . . . and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she’s sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina.
     At loose ends after Dorina becomes enamored with their uncle’s friend, Lady Henrietta “Henry” Wotton, a local aristocrat and aesthete, Evadne enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets George Cantrell, an experienced fencing master like she’s always dreamed of studying under. But soon, George shows her something more than fancy footwork—he reveals to Evadne a secret, hidden world of devilish demons and their obedient servants. George has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and diabolists alike, and now he needs Evadne’s help. But as she learns more, Evadne begins to believe that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist . . . and even worse, she suspects Dorina might have become one too.
 
Combining swordplay, the supernatural, and Victorian high society, Creatures of Will and Temper reveals a familiar but strange London in a riff on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray that readers won't soon forget.
 
“An artful, witty, Oscar Wilde pastiche with the heart of a paranormal thriller.”—Diana Gabaldon, best-selling author of Outlander

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"An artful, witty, Oscar Wilde pastiche with the heart of a paranormal thriller." - Diana Gabaldon

"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." - Kat Howard

"There has never been a better time for a spirited, feminist reinvention of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Molly Tanzer has taken a wickedly sensuous classic and transformed it into a lively supernatural tale featuring lovestruck teenagers, diabolical botanicals, mysterious paintings, and -- oh, yes -- demons. Creatures of Will and Temper is a wild ride from start to finish, beautifully and boldly written, and a most worthy successor to Oscar Wilde's scandalous novel." - Amy Stewart

"Decadent Victorians clash with dueling demon-hunters in this page-turning reinvention of Oscar Wilde's classic tale. I loved it!" - Charles Stross

"A delightful, dark, and entertaining romp with serious intent behind it. The writing is so smart and sharp--Molly Tanzer is at the top of her form in this beautifully constructed novel. Sure to be a favorite of readers and critics alike." - Jeff VanderMeer


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Paperback Editions

November 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures of Will and Temper (1) (The Diabolist's Library)
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
ISBN: 1-328-71026-2 / 978-1-328-71026-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books
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Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Creatures of Will and Temper
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
ISBN: 1-66446-172-8 / 978-1-66446-172-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc
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2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Creatures of Will and Temper
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
ISBN: 1-5019-5661-2 / 978-1-5019-5661-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Creatures of Will and Temper
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
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November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Creatures of Will and Temper
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
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Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Creatures of Will and Temper (The Diabolist's Library Book 1)
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU