Synopses & Reviews
A series of mysteries.
An explosion of truths.
The Explosionist: Someone sets off a bomb outside fifteen-year-old Sophie's boarding school, but no one can figure out who.
The Medium: Soothsayers and séance leaders are regular guests at her great-aunt's house in Scotland, but only one delivers a terrifying prophecy, directed at Sophie herself.
The Murder: When the medium is found dead, Sophie and her friend Mikael know they must get to the bottom of these three mysteries in order to save themselves—even as the fate of all Europe hangs in the balance.
Set in a time of subversive politics, homegrown terrorism, and rapidly changing alliances, The Explosionist is an extraordinarily accomplished debut novel for teens that delivers a glimpse of the world as it might have been—had one moment in history been altered.
"Quirky, intense, moving."
—Kirkus Reviews "Has enough romance, action, and magic to keep readers engaged. . . .Truly original."
—SLJ "This is a fun read for young girls, especially those who like strong female protagonists, young love, and magic."
—VOYA 3Q 3P M J
This extraordinarily accomplished debut novel delivers a spectacular glimpse of the world as it might have been had one moment in history been altered. Napoleon, Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Nobel play small but surprising roles as this richly textured story unfolds against a backdrop of a vastly different Second World War.
Two beautiful teenage sisters, Phil and Fee Albion, descendents of a long line of stage illusionists, are sent from London to the countryside during World War II, only to discover a hidden college of real magicians who just might help them save England from the Nazis. Filled with adventure, danger, romance, and magic, this is a YA fantasy readers will swoon over.
Opening-night jitters are nothing new for seventeen-year-old Phil and her sister Fee, who come from a centuries-old line of stage illusionists. The girls love to dazzle London audiences, but in the aftermath of the Blitz theyre shipped off to the countryside, away from the bombs and Nazis. Phil, however, wants to fight for her country, and when she stumbles upon a hidden college of real magicians led by the devastatingly handsome Arden, all she wants to do is persuade them to help England win the war. Shell risk anything to give her country a fighting chance, even if it means losing her heart ...or her life.
About the Author
Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker, and deputy sheriff who writes because storytelling is the easiest way to do everything in the world. She lives on the Florida coast, but her heart is in England.