Books by Sarah Zettel

Sarah Zettel is the author of three other Isavalta novels, The Firebird’s Vengeance, A Sorcerer’s Treason, and The Usurper’s Crown. Her five science fiction novels have garnered her a Locus Award for Best First SF Novel, nominations for the John W. Campbe


DANGEROUS DECEPTIONS by Sarah Zettel
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"More thoroughly satisfying mischief and mayhem are afoot. (Historical mystery. 12 & up)"
In which our delightful heroine, equal parts Eliza Bennett and Veronica Mars, finds herself yet again incommoded by intrigue, villains and reversals of fortune in this sequel to Palace of Spies (2013). Read full book review >
BAD LUCK GIRL by Sarah Zettel
Released: May 27, 2014

"Callie and Zettel bring this stellar trilogy to a satisfyingly sentimental conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Calliope Margaret LeRoux deMinuit, half-human and half-Unseelie, Heir to the Midnight Throne, can save or destroy all of fairykind. Read full book review >
PALACE OF SPIES by Sarah Zettel
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"This witty romp will delight fans of historical fiction as well as mystery lovers. (Mystery/historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A rollicking spy caper in corsets. Read full book review >
GOLDEN GIRL by Sarah Zettel
Released: June 25, 2013

"In this sparkling sequel to Dust Girl (2012), showcasing Callie's cleverness versus the mystical glitterati, neither Callie's persistence nor the trilogy's pace flags. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
It's hard for a brown-skinned girl to search the Depression-era back lots of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for a gateway to fairyland and harder still if both the Seelie and Unseelie courts are after her. Read full book review >
Released: June 26, 2012

"This cracking good mixture of magic and place will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A mixed-race girl in Dust Bowl Kansas discovers her long-lost father isn't just a black man: He's a fairy. Read full book review >
THE USURPER’S CROWN by Sarah Zettel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"The second time's the charm."
A hugely intricate and largely beguiling prequel to The Sorcerer's Treason (2002). Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF CAGES by Sarah Zettel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 28, 2001

"Nothing new, and executed mostly with grimly determined fervor."
From the author of Playing God (1998), a far-future yarn about ecological doomsday and genetic engineering. Read full book review >
A SORCERER’S TREASON by Sarah Zettel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

Densely plotted beginning of a trilogy blending romance and female empowerment in an unevenly realized world where magic is a tie that binds and reality is just about anything Zettel (Kingdom of Cages, 2001, etc.) wants it to be. Read full book review >
PLAYING GOD by Sarah Zettel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 17, 1998

"A taut, thoroughly captivating yarn, with splendid characters, a gratifyingly substantial sociobiological base, and one intractable problem: Armed with nukes and missiles, how did the Dedelphi avoid exterminating themselves long before humans showed up?"
Hardcover debut for the author of a couple of well-received science fiction paperbacks (Fool's War, etc.). Read full book review >