‘The Familiar’: ‘Shadow and Bone’ Author Leigh Bardugo Announces New Book

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Author Leigh Bardugo has announced her next book, a historical fantasy entitled The Familiar.

The Familiar is a standalone adult novel, set in the Spanish Golden Age and inspired by Bardugo’s own family history. See below for the official summary:

“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.

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 — even if that means enlisting the help of Guillén Santangel, an embittered immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both.”

Bardugo refers to this upcoming venture as what may be the most romantic and character-driven story she’s ever written.

Bardugo is known for the Grishaverse book series, which began with Shadow and Bone and has since been turned into a Netflix show, the second season of which premiered earlier this year. Meanwhile, Hell Bent, the sequel to her first adult novel, Ninth House, was published this past January.

The Familiar will hit shelves on April 9, 2024. Pre-orders are now available.

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