The Last Heir to Blackwood Library

by Hester Fox

On Sale: 04/04/2023

The Last Heir to Blackwood Library

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The Last Heir to Blackwood Library

by Hester Fox

On Sale: 04/04/2023

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About the Book

 "Weaves a spell of darkness that’s mysterious and magical, and binds it with a knot of deathless love." New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley on A Lullaby for Witches

In postWorld War I England, a young woman inherits a mysterious library and must untangle its powerful secrets

With the stroke of a pen, twenty-three-year-old Ivy Radcliffe becomes Lady Hayworth, owner of a sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Ivy has never heard of Blackwood Abbey, or of the ancient bloodline from which she’s descended. With nothing to keep her in London since losing her brother in the Great War, she warily makes her way to her new home.

The abbey is foreboding, the servants reserved and suspicious. But there is a treasure waiting behind locked doors: a magnificent library. Despite cryptic warnings from the staff, Ivy feels irresistibly drawn to its dusty shelves, where familiar works mingle with strange, esoteric texts. And she senses something else in the library too, a presence that seems to have a will of its own.  

Rumors swirl in the village about the abbey’s previous owners, about ghosts and curses, and an enigmatic manuscript at the center of it all. And as events grow more sinister, it will be up to Ivy to uncover the library’s mysteries in order to reclaim her own story—before it vanishes forever.

Lush, atmospheric and transporting, The Last Heir to Blackwood Library is a skillful reflection on memory and female agency, and a love letter to books from a writer at the height of her power.

Delve into the magical power of flowers in Hester Fox's captivating new novel, THE BOOK OF THORNS, where long-lost sisters reunite on opposite sides of the Napoleonic Wars and must uncover the secrets of their mother's disappearance and their mystical powers…

Look for these other gothic mysteries from Hester Fox: 

  • The Witch of Willow Hall
  • The Widow of Pale Harbor
  • The Orphan of Cemetery Hill
  • A Lullaby for Witches

Critical Praise

"Immersive historical detail and a gripping, intricate plot combine to plunge readers headlong into a rags-to-riches tale laced with betrayal and intrigue. This is a treat for bibliophiles." - Publisher's Weekly

"Weaves a spell of darkness that’s mysterious and magical, and binds it with a knot of deathless love." —New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley on A Lullaby for Witches

"An atmospheric and heartbreaking tale of loss, dark magic and the power of love, this brilliant book will stay with you long after the last page." —Constance Sayers, author of The Ladies of the Secret Circus on A Lullaby for Witches

"Hester Fox transports readers to the windswept Yorkshire moors in THE LAST HEIR TO BLACKWOOD LIBRARY, delivering a magnificent and poignant tale of family curses, an ancient abbey and the wounds of war. This is every Gothic romance reader's dream come true!" - Rosanna Leo, author of DARKE PASSION


“With her trademark wit and lyricism, Hester Fox weaves a tale that is equal parts compelling and fantastical gothic mystery, swoon-worthy love story, and a genuine exploration of living with grief. The Last Heir to Blackwood Library gripped me from the very first page, keeping me on the edge of my seat and rooting for its independent and clever heroine until the very last. Rife with classic literary references and loving odes to the magic of reading, this story is a true delight for book lovers that is sure to be a new staple of the modern gothic genre!” - Marielle Thompson, author of Where Ivy Dares to Grow

“Combining history, the occult, human greed, and a touch of feminism, this is a fine addition to the gothic genre.” --ALA Booklist -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781525804786
  • ISBN 10: 1525804782
  • Imprint: Graydon House
  • On Sale: 04/04/2023
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Gothic
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Magical Realism
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Occult & Supernatural

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