Books by Julia Golding

THE GLASS SWALLOW by Julia Golding
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Forget the predictable and clichéd love story; read for the social commentary. An insightful, engaging portrait of a high-fantasy society in the midst of social change. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This gentle tale, set in the world of Dragonfly (2009), offers a fresh take on high-fantasy conventions. Read full book review >
THE SILVER SEA by Julia Golding
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The aftermath of Freydis's ultimate battle sacrifice will tug heartstrings—but only if readers persist through several hundred pages of plodding, overexplanatory prose that makes revelations and epic import feel lukewarm. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Though bursting with bloody battles, romance and sacrifice, this archetypal-hero legend falls prey to unsubtle prose and uneasy racial constructions. Read full book review >
DRAGONFLY by Julia Golding
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

This familiar-feeling fantasy devotes much energy to culture creation and culture clash but disquietingly favors one over others. Read full book review >
CAT O’NINE TAILS by Julia Golding
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The once-fresh Cat's getting a bit stale. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The fourth installment of this series is a little too long, the adventures a little too forced and Cat falls a little too easily into and out of scrapes. Read full book review >
DEN OF THIEVES by Julia Golding
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"The joys of performance and the shifting fortunes of political rebellion are laid out as lessons with a heavier hand than before, although Cat's confusion about her attraction to the many young men in her life rings achingly true. (dramatis personae, "Cat's Glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The third installment of Cat Royal's adventures requires some stamina, featuring as it does even more activity, even more spirited friends and villainous-if-complex enemies and even more exotic terrain. Read full book review >
THE CHIMERA’S CURSE by Julia Golding
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Intelligent. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
In the final installment of her timely eco-fantasy quartet, Golding uses clear, calm prose to portray grave magical and environmental threats that will absorb her readers without spooking them. Read full book review >
CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS by Julia Golding
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Some historical figures drift through these pages, the pace is quick and engaging and the colorful evocation of 1790s London will keep readers plunging on and awaiting the next installment. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Hang on for the wild ride of Cat Royal's second adventure, after The Diamond of Drury Lane (2008). Read full book review >
THE DIAMOND OF DRURY LANE by Julia Golding
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Winner of the 2006 Smarties Prize. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Young Cat, red-haired and full of curiosity, lives at the Theater Royal in Drury Lane, having been abandoned there as a wee babe and raised by the theater folk and Mr. Sheridan, the owner. Read full book review >
MINES OF THE MINOTAUR by Julia Golding
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Global warming and psychoanalytic symbolism move to the forefront; some readers may wish for a less victimized heroine, but earnest narration and an ocean battle carry the day. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
Golding's series about epic environmental danger continues its steady, gentle tone. Read full book review >
THE GORGON’S GAZE by Julia Golding
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Set in two coastal English towns and the woods between them, this pleasantly earnest series will appeal especially to fans of golden dragons and human-animal bonding. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Epic in structure but gentle in vibe, this series about mythical creatures now shifts from one primary perspective to two. Read full book review >
SECRET OF THE SIRENS by Julia Golding
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Structurally epic but gentle in aura; an easily accessible tale for readers who enjoy mythical creatures. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Golding offers the softer side of adventure fantasy. Read full book review >