Jan 14
2015

Maplecroft is one of io9.com’s Best SFF Books Of 2014

priest-maplecroftCongratulations to Cherie Priest on Maplecroft being one of io9.com’s Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014!

Oct 27
2014

Publishers Weekly on Jacaranda by Cherie Priest

Jacaranda by Cherie Priest

This gripping postscript to Priest’s Clockwork Century series (which officially concluded with Fiddlehead) takes readers to the titular Galveston, Tex., haunted hotel, in an alternate 1895 seasoned with ghosts and gears. Father Rios is a former gunslinger cursed with second sight and a dark past. When Sister Eileen contacts him about the dozens who have died in the hotel, he visits ahead of an impending hurricane and soon witnesses the horrors firsthand. The hotel’s guests all have dark secrets, and the violence with which the hotel disposes of them is all the more horrifying as it takes place off-page, leaving only the aftermath for the characters to discover. Priest is hardly covering new ground, but the American steampunk setting gives the classic evil haunted house a nice new coat of paint. Rios is a great protagonist, full of conflicts and doubts, and he drives the tale well. While the story stands on its own, it also provides some melancholy closure for fans of Priest’s earlier books. — Publishers Weekly

Sep 4
2014

RT Book Reviews on Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

priest-maplecroftMaplecroft by Cherie Priest

Priest takes the epistolary format H.P. Lovecraft was fond of and uses it to far better effect, both in terms of characterization and horror. Her protagonists (Lizzie, her sister, her lover Nance O’Neil and the friendly Dr. Seabury) are extremely well drawn even as the nerve and mind-shredding events of 1895 drive them apart. Priest skillfully makes the menace around them specific and concrete while also remaining shadowy and unknowable, achieving maximum impact. Putting real historical characters in genre settings is an idea that’s seemed tired for a while, but this novel shows how compelling it can still be in the right hands. — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

Sep 3
2014

Maplecroft one of Kirkus’ Top Picks for Speculative Fiction Reads in September

priest-maplecroft Kirkus has chosen Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches, Book 1 by Cherie Priest as one of it’s Top Picks for Speculative Fiction Reads in September!

“Part alternate history, part horror, Maplecroft is sure to be one of the season’s creepiest reads.” – Kirkus

Aug 12
2014

io9.com on Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

priest-maplecroftMaplecroft Will Be the Best Damn Cthulhu Novel You’ve Read in Ages

Lizzie Borden’s infamous murders took place just a couple of decades before H.P. Lovecraft first dreamed up the horrors of his greatest invention, the cosmic ocean monster-god Cthulhu. Cherie Priest has taken this historical confluence and turned it into a wild, awesome page-turner called Maplecroft.

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