The Beautiful Ones: A Novel (Paperback)
The Beautiful Ones is an absolute whirlwind of a tale from the author of Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, who has quickly become my #1 recommended author. Our stage is set in the fictional city of Loisail. There is a strict social hierarchy reminiscent of the turn of the century, if the early 1900s had a touch of telekinesis. Centered in this story is the beautiful, but naive, Nina, who is in the city for the first time attempting to catch a husband, but also to try and learn telekinetic control. Also, we have the enigmatic Hector, who sweeps Nina off her feet, but has more secrets than he has psychic talent. And he is quite talented. In the background is Valerie, who is beautiful and calculating in equal measure. These three and the world they inhabit are on a collision course, and it’s anyone’s guess who’ll make it out in one piece.
Moreno-Garcia has a true talent for blending the beautiful and the bizarre, and lovers of her other novels will not be disappointed to read this one. It is perfect for fans of historical fiction and magical realism in turn. Picking it up will leave you curious, enthralled, maddened, and appalled. I cannot recommend it enough. – JennaMercurial May Staff Picks
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance with a dash of magic.
They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.
When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.
But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins.
The Beautiful Ones is a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.
About the Author
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, Untamed Shore, and many other books. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters).
“I seriously loved everything about this from the gorgeous, lush prose, to the tiny intimate moments of heartbreak.” —Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo Award-winning author of the Glamourist Histories series
"Straddling several genres with elegant intelligence, The Beautiful Ones is both an easy read and a fulfilling one.” –Locus
"It’s a slow-burn, stately novel about the magic of what it means to love, and love truly.” –Tor.com
"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
“Moreno-Garcia fills her fantastic novel of manners with sumptuous language and plausible romantic complications in a setting that appears to be based on 19th-century France and is lightly garnished with minor magic…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
“This elegant tale of hidden desires and misplaced amour will appeal to fans of historical fantasy.” –Booklist
“The talented author of Certain Dark Things and Signal to Noise returns with a novel that is light on fantasy but overflowing with delicious melodrama … a great fit for fans of the 18th-century French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” –Library Journal