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The Familiar

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 11/04/2024
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The Familiar
Bardugo at her Best
Thank you to Rih at Penguin publishers for an early copy of this book! As equally impressive as Ninth House with the religious fervour and spellbinding ... READ MORE
Chloë at Cheltenham Waterstones
The Familiar
A compelling historical fantasy - author’s best work yet!
Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for a review. I loved this book so much! This was a beau... READ MORE
Anna at Bluewater
The Familiar
Mysterious, Magical, and Full of Tension
Thank you to Penguin for sending a proof of this book. Bardugo's newest book steps away from her more traditional fantasy setting of the likes of Shadow an... READ MORE
Rosemary Kelly
The Familiar
A hauntingly beautiful historical fantasy
I totally loved this book, it’s very different to ‘Ninth House’, the only other Leigh Bardugo book I have read. It definitely won’t be the last. The sto... READ MORE
Fiona Ellwood at Leicester Highcross
The Familiar
A fantastic read
One of, if not, the best of Bardugo's work. This beautiful historical fantasy takes place in the Spanish Golden Age, and I could not put it down. ‘The Fam... READ MORE
The Familiar
My favourite Leigh Bardugo novel yet!
I absolutely loved this book! There's already so many reviews singing The Familiar's praises, so I'll keep mine short, but this is a genuinely amazing... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
The Familiar
Get Ready for your next obsession!!!!!
Thank you to Rih at Penguin publishers for giving me a copy of this book. To say I am obsessed is an understatement. This book was not just a joy but an... READ MORE


In a shabby house, on a shabby street, in the new capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado uses scraps of magic to get through her days of endless toil as a scullion. But when her scheming mistress discovers the lump of a servant cowering in the kitchen is actually hiding a talent for little miracles, she demands Luzia use those gifts to better the family's social position.&nbsp

What begins as simple amusement for the bored nobility takes a perilous turn when Luzia garners the notice of Antonio Pérez, the disgraced secretary to Spain's king. Still reeling from the defeat of his armada, the king is desperate for any advantage in the war against England's heretic queen—and Pérez will stop at nothing to regain the king's favor.

Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the lines between magic, science, and fraud are never certain. But as her notoriety grows, so does the danger that her Jewish blood will doom her to the Inquisition's wrath. She will have to use every bit of her wit and will to survive—even if that means enlisting the help of Guillén Santangel, an embittered immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Ninth House, Hell Bent and creator of the Grishaverse comes a bewitching historical novel set in the Spanish Golden Age, brimming with peril and dark deeds

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241655306
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 618g
  • Dimensions: 241 x 166 x 34 mm

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The Familiar
Deadly competition...’
Bardugo’s highly imaginative historical fantasy imagines a deadly competition where, in order to change the fortunes of the King of Spain, every player is ... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The Familiar
Evocative and lyrical.
Santangèl and Luzia feel like real people to me now. A wonderful, magical book!
Maria Orlando
The Familiar
Completely addictive ~ this historical fantasy will captivate you!
When I tell you this book is amazing...I mean it is completely incredible! I was on the edge of my seat every single page, it was so compelling. I would sa... READ MORE
Georgia Cook