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The Beautiful Ones

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"Truly one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance and grace with just the right touch of magic." --M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the belle époque.

In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valerie Beaulieu she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina's telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina's powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she's found the great romance that she's always dreamt of. But Hector's courtship of Nina is deceptive.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 163 x 239 x 28mm | 499g
  • New York
  • English
  • 1250099064
  • 9781250099068
  • 1,030,715

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"Moreno-Garcia fills her fantastic novel of manners with sumptuous language...Readers who enjoyed Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories magical Regency series will be particularly enthralled by the genuine emotions evoked in the course of the unsustainable love triangle." - Publishers Weekly

"Overflowing with delicious melodrama ... a great fit for fans of the 18th-century French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses." - Library Journal

"This elegant tale of hidden desires and misplaced amour will appeal to fans of historical fantasy." - Booklist

"The Beautiful Ones is an elegantly paced novel that moves its characters into place with ease, with careful attention paid to ways a word or a moment can change an entire life." - Book Page

"Many of Moreno-Garcia's characters do terrible, despicable things to hurt each other and profit personally in this book, but that's what keeps them and the narrative interesting. It's a slow-burn, stately novel about the magic of what it means to love, and love truly." - Tor.com

"Readers who enjoy light speculative elements, historical fantasy, romance, and beautiful prose will find a trove. Straddling several genres with elegant intelligence, The Beautiful Ones is both an easy read and a fulfilling one." - Locus

"This is the third novel I read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I loved all of them in different ways: each in a different genre by a chameleon writer with incredible writing skills." - Kirkus

"The Beautiful Ones is a hauntingly lovely book, romantic and crushing by turns, touched with magic on every level." - Vancouver Sun

"The whole book is a magnificent tangle of unspoken words and feelings. Nothing is tepid; everything, even the absence of feelings, is charged with danger and heartache. " - Strange Horizons

"Certain people in the world of The Beautiful Ones have telekinetic abilities, but while these abilities do play an important part in the story, this is not a story of magic unless it's the magic of the human heart." - FantasyLiterature.com

"I never quite knew how the story was going to play out with betrayal going on, misunderstandings happening and heartbreak occurring. Overall, I definitely recommend this one." - Literary Dust
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About Silvia Moreno-Garcia

SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Signal to Noise and Certain Dark Things and the short story collection This Strange Way of Dying, which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award in Canada. She was a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize and a recipient of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Award for Best Emerging Writer. She lives in Canada.
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Rating details

869 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 22% (191)
4 39% (340)
3 28% (246)
2 9% (74)
1 2% (18)
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