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A Rare and Precious Metal

The Bones of Ruin

By Sarah Raughley  

17 Sep, 2021

Doing the WFC's Homework

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Sarah Raughley’s 2021 The Bones of Ruin is a historical fantasy novel. 

Iris is the Coolie Company’s star attraction; she’s a daredevil ropewalker who appears utterly blind to the risks she takes far above the audience’s heads. In fact, the amnesiac African woman takes no risks at all. Unbeknownst to the audience and her employer, Mr. Coolie, Iris has a great secret. She cannot be killed. 

This is a knack that makes Iris and persons like Iris very valuable to members of the Enlightenment Committee.

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Set Fire to the Rain

Fate of Flames  (Effigies, volume 1)

By Sarah Raughley  

8 Feb, 2019

Doing What the WFC Cannot Do


2016’s Fate of Flames is the first volume in Sarah Raughley’s Effigies series. 

Maia is an Effigy, imbued with powers beyond mortal ken. On the plus side, awesome powers yay. On the minus side, Maia only gained her new fire-based powers because the previous fire Effigy, Natalya, died. The lifespan of an Effigy is measured in years … if they are lucky. 

Maia can expect to spend the rest of her short life fighting monsters. 

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A Strain of Song in the Forest

Feather Bound

By Sarah Raughley  

17 Apr, 2018

Miscellaneous Reviews

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Sarah Raughley’s 2014 debut novel, Feather Bound, is a standalone young-adult urban fantasy.

The Davis sisters have survived a difficult childhood (no thanks to their alcoholic father). Each sister has reacted in different fashion. Ericka marries for money; Adriana works to earn enough money that she need not depend on her dad; Deanna is left behind, stuck with the responsibility for the feckless father. 

It’s Deanna who attends the funeral of their father’s estranged best friend, magazine magnate Ralph Hedley. She is present when Swan-activist Shannon Dalhousey accuses Hedley of being a feather-stealer. She is also there to witness the surprising appearance of Hyde Hedley, Ralph’s son (he was believed to be dead).

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