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2014 Bisexual Book Award Winner for Speculative Fiction
2014 Rainbow List Selection
R.H. Ragona's Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass - remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone - are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It's a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It's a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist's apprentice and soon becomes the circus's rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 132 x 199 x 26mm | 340g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190884437X
  • 9781908844378
  • 318,211

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"Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, "Pantomime"is a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character."
- Malinda Lo, author of "Ash", "Huntress", and "Adaptation

""Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I've read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in its detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. 'Look out behind you' Robin Hobb..."
"-"Bryony Pearce, author of" Angel's Fury" and winner of the 2012 Leeds Book Award

"Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut."
- Elspeth Cooper, author of the "Wild Hunt" series

"Who hasn't dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam's Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author."
- Brian Katcher, author of "Almost Perfect" and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

"In PANTOMIME, Laura Lam has created a world which will take your breath away, and characters you will never want to leave. Enchanting."
- Lou Morgan, author of "Blood and Feathers

""A lyrical, stunningly written debut novel, which set my heart racing with every lift of the trapeze. In Micah we have one of the most original - and likeable - protagonists I've read in a long time. An author to watch, without a doubt."
- Amy McCulloch, author of" The Oathbreaker's Shadow "

Nominated for the 2014 ALA Rainbow list.
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About Laura Lam

Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, CA by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart's desire, color outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.
She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn't. At times she misses the sunshine. The author lives in Scotland, UK.
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Rating details

3,098 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 31% (947)
4 39% (1,210)
3 22% (693)
2 6% (178)
1 2% (70)

Our customer reviews

Many moons ago, when I was a small wee one at 6 years of age, for a short time I had a best friend that was unlike any other person I had ever met. She was tall for her age, and had hair down past her waist which she kept in a single braid. Her and I hit if off almost the second we met in school. She also had the most interesting job I had ever known. She was a circus acrobat and aerialist. Though she was not in town for very long, as she moved with the circus, I loved each of her stories of her circus life, and even got to watch her and her family perform. I was sad when she left, and have never forgotten her. The circus being at the center of this plot is what initially drew me to this novel. Reading it, I could not help think of her again, and that added to the magic of this novel. It is not surprising how much I enjoyed Aenea's character. It is impossible to review this with details without giving away a crucial element of this story. The synopsis doesn't reveal a key twist that is pretty obvious in the very beginning of this novel, and I certainly don't want to be the one to do it. I will leave you with this: Once in a while, I come across a novel that surprises me to no end. Pantomime lived up to the hype of my reader friends with its surprising character and plot originality. I can honestly state that I have read nothing like this story in the past. It was a mystical novel withing a world that is familiar, and yet the fantasy elements of the story made it very unknown as well, with tons of surprises and discoveries around the corner. The pace is fairly mellow with action bursts. Far from boring or slow, I was riveted from the beginning and sad that it came to an end. Knowing now that it is part of a series, I am relieved, as the ending was unappealing by leaving too much unsaid, with no real 'end' to this story. I will wait for the second novel with a lot of more
by Lily
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