The Circus of the Damned

The Circus of the Damned

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Description

A Deal with a Devil Novel

Magician Gilbert Blake has spent his entire life conning drunkards in the seediest pubs in the darkest towns, careful to hide the true depths of his power. But when he spends a little too much time in Shadowsea and the infamous slumlord Count Reuben gets wind of his abilities, hiding within the Circus of the Damned may be Gilbert's only chance at survival.

But there's more to the Circus than meets the eye. Every time a performer dies, a new one must take his place, or the entire circus suffers the consequences. And while the handsome ringmaster Jesse isn't one to coerce unwilling performers into giving up their souls to the devil, a recent death in their ranks makes Gilbert exactly what they need.

Yet the longer Gilbert stays with the Circus, the more danger he seems to bring them. Being with Jesse is more than Gilbert could have hoped for, but as Count Reuben's men continue to search for Gilbert and the Circus loses another performer, they all face running out of time long before the Devil claims his due.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 16mm | 313g
  • Hillsborough, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1626491666
  • 9781626491663
  • 1,801,704

Review quote

Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW* -- "[M]agnificent.... The romance between Gilbert and Jesse is erotic, touching, and believable, and the rest of the circus is drawn with a deft touch that elevates it above the cliches of its subgenre. There are no easy answers for these characters, and their journey is gripping from beginning to end."

RT Book Reviews -- "Grey's worldbuilding in her fantastical Shadowsea is detailed and original, creating a vivid experience for the reader. And the many compelling characters of the circus convey a true sense of family.... The concept for striking a deal with the devil and the resulting circus full of literally damned performer is inventive and dark--but with a delightfully happy outcome."
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142 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 24% (34)
4 40% (57)
3 25% (36)
2 6% (8)
1 5% (7)
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