Books by Mary Robinette Kowal

THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"While there's a fascinating alternate history here of humanity's quest for the stars, it could stand to be told with characters who are a little more human."
Veteran historical fantasist Kowal (Ghost Talkers, 2016, etc.) tackles an alternate history of the space race, in which a catastrophe necessitates an earlier reach for the stars—and the confrontation of gender barriers. Read full book review >
THE FATED SKY by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"The worst tendencies of white feminism—in space."
A female physicist journeys further into space in Kowal's (The Calculating Stars, 2018, etc.) sequel, set in an alternate version of the 1960s. Read full book review >
GHOST TALKERS by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A fascinating premise somewhat burdened by workaday execution and pat characterizations, but fans of Kowal's formula will be charmed."
The terrible death tolls of World War I are revisited in an alternate history where the spirits of the dead can be interrogated for valuable military intelligence in another historical fantasy from Kowal (Of Noble Family, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
VALOUR AND VANITY by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"Combining history, magic and adventure, the book balances emotional depth with buoyant storytelling."
Renowned glamourists Lord and Lady Vincent become the victims of an elaborate scam that leaves them in dire straits until they conceive of a daring strategy to strike back. Read full book review >
SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Gimmicky but respectful Pride and Prejudice homage."
Two marriageable British sisters search for suitable partners while practicing a benign sort of magic in this surreal Jane Austen update, the first novel from short-story writer Kowal. Read full book review >