Creatures of Will and Temper

Creatures of Will and Temper

Creatures of Will and Temper A delightful dark and entertaining romp Molly Tanzer is at the top of her form in this beautifully constructed novel Jeff VanderMeer best selling author of the Southern Reach trilogy Victorian Lond

  • Title: Creatures of Will and Temper
  • Author: Molly Tanzer
  • ISBN: 9781328710260
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • A delightful, dark, and entertaining romp Molly Tanzer is at the top of her form in this beautifully constructed novel Jeff VanderMeer, best selling author of the Southern Reach trilogy Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin de si cle wonders and dangerous underground diabolic cults Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of A delightful, dark, and entertaining romp Molly Tanzer is at the top of her form in this beautifully constructed novel Jeff VanderMeer, best selling author of the Southern Reach trilogy Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin de si cle wonders and dangerous underground diabolic cults Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she s sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina.At loose ends after Dorina becomes enad with their uncle s friend, Lady Henrietta Henry Wotton, a local aristocrat and aesthete, Evadne enrolls in a fencing school There, she meets George Cantrell, an experienced fencing master like she s always dreamed of studying under But soon, George shows her something than fancy footwork he reveals to Evadne a secret, hidden world of devilish demons and their obedient servants George has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and diabolists alike, and now he needs Evadne s help But as she learns , Evadne begins to believe that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist and even worse, she suspects Dorina might have become one too.Combining swordplay, the supernatural, and Victorian high society, Creatures of Will and Temper reveals a familiar but strange London in a riff on Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray that readers won t soon forget An artful, witty, Oscar Wilde pastiche with the heart of a paranormal thriller Diana Gabaldon, best selling author of Outlander

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    Review also found at:theparanormalpaladin.wordpresThis book isn't released until November 2017, so I'll try and keep this brief and nonspoilery. Loosely based on The Picture of Dorian Gray, the story revolves around a young woman named Dorina Gray and her sister, Evadne. Dorina and Evadne have a difficult relationship. When Evadne catches her with a girl and tells their parents, she is forced to chaperone her younger sister in London for the summer. They stay with their Uncle Basil, who is an ar [...]

    This book has been ABSOLUTELY WOW and if we hang out, I've already told you countless times that you need to read it. If I haven't? Well, YOU NEED TO READ IT. There. And now onto the reasons why! [If you want to read this with proper formatting, you can read it on my blog here.Essentially, it's a retelling of Dorian Gray. But it's also very different! First of all, the main characters are girls. Two sisters, Evadne and Dorina could not be more different from each other – Evadne is homely, but [...]

    This book ticked all my boxes! Victoriana, demons, romance and surprise. By the halfway mark I was looking up what else this author has written. A thumping good read, a great action scene near the end and a twist and reversal in the story that I wasn’t expecting!Recommended.Many thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

    Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Will and Temper is the kind of novel that looks up at you with a mischievous smirk. It is the story of two Victorian-era sisters, Dorina and Evadne Gray, who go to spend a summer in London with their Uncle Basil. Dorina, 17 years old and the younger of the two, wants to be an art critic and is eager to soak up the culture of the big city; Evadne, eleven years Dorina’s senior, is conscripted against her will and charged with keeping her sibling’s wilder impulses [...]

    The best way I can think of to describe this weird fantasy set in fin-de-siecle London one universe over is to compare it to Shostakovich's Eleventh Symphony, which blends classical and modern musical themes as it tells the story of the 1905 Revolution.It starts with deceptive slowness, as Victorian novels do, sedate, with attention to late-Victorian detail, but with contemporary viewpoints skewing the Victoriana, and period language mixed with modern.Here and there sharp thematic hints: the men [...]

    Tanzer's written a fantasy novel of great focus and balance, a chamber drama of demons, romance, and swashbuckling, where the plot hinges on characters' misapprehensions of one another and of themselves. Evadne and Dorina, the sister protagonists, have a well-drawn tense and tender relationship—tender, at least, in the sense a wound's tender—and the occult mysteries, demon hunting, and so on, reinforced and heightened the character drama without dissolving it into plot. I'd advise against go [...]

    A surprisingly light, amusing read that comes across more as romantic urban fantasy in late Victorian drag than any sort of serious attempt to address or reimagine Wilde's Dorian Gray. Featuring lots of fencing and lesbian love, the novel gathers together a motley group of characters and puts them through their paces rather than developing them in any significant way. That's all right though, as this is a clearly a story of adventure and the fast pace through the last half of the book hardly all [...]

    Set in Victorian London, we learn of two sisters who are about as opposite as you can get. While they struggle in their relationship with each other, their trip introduces other characters who become vast influences on each of them. The beginning of the book lays a foundation of their individual characters and their sisterly fights while still having that underlying loyalty of love that only siblings share. Then as we get into parts 2 and 3, the book starts to take off.I'm not a huge fan of h [...]

    Originally published at TheBibliophage.In Creatures of Will and Temper, Molly Tanzer gives us an urban fantasy. As long as you don’t mind defining urban as Victorian era London. Alternately, it’s historical fiction with a distinct supernatural twist. Either way, it’s a romp on the wild side of an oh-so-cultured time.At first I thought the titular creatures were the main characters, Evadne and Dorina. Dorina, a 17-year old art critic wannabe, is headed to her uncle’s London home for a few [...]

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI finished CREATURES OF WILL AND TEMPER in one day. I must confess I have a particular weakness for Victorian settings, courting, and excessive blushing. Combine that with fencing, demons, and queer characters and you have my very devoted attention. Finishing this novel had me desperately searching for more of Molly Tanzer's work.Each of the point of view characters in CREATURES OF WILL AND TEMPER is relatable and fleshed out. I felt so deeply for Evadn [...]

    this was strange but delightful. I just love reading about monsters and the supernatural set in a Victorian era. it warms me. and in the center of all this, are sisters Evadne and Dorina, who on their trip to London to visit their uncle, meet Lady Henry. Dorina is quickly enamored while Evadne gets a bad feeling about her. they soon discover a world full of demons and rituals. and these people called diabolist who, in a way, live to serve them. my only complaint? I wanted to see more demon-wors [...]

    This was absolutely phenomenal. It blew my mind in this Picture of Dorian Gray f/f reinterpretation except EVEN BETTER. It's about sisters, standing out, and demons. It features two sisters at the heart of this novel which inspires me to say all sorts of emotional mushy stuff to mine. It's not perfect, constantly surprising you and giving you all the turbulent emotions. This is a must read for anyone who loved The Picture and sisters and demons, and all of these combined!Disclaimer: I received t [...]

    Before I begin my real review, I'm going to do something I've wanted to do for a long time. And that is, I want to compile all the "notes" I took on my Kindle while reading this book. Together, they form a sort-of review, an overall impression of this very strange story. So forgive me for indulging in this experiment! Without further ado, here are the NOTES I took on my Kindle, in order:his niecedum dum (as in, an expression of anticipated terror)I love evadneshe can sense the demonsomething to [...]

    Dear Molly Tanzer, I love you. You know this, because halfway through this book, I tweeted at you that you had ruined my life. Having finished the book, that continues to be the case, because Creatures of Will and Temper is phenomenal. Dorina and Evadne Gray are as little alike as two sisters have ever been. Dorina, flighty and foolish per her elder sister's estimation, is a would-be art critic who longs for something more than their country life, and also she's shamelessly into women. Evadne, i [...]

    3.5 stars.There are so many things I want to say about this book, but at the same time, I feel like a short and sweet review will do it much more justice.I wasn’t sure what to expect from this when I started reading, but even with the slow build to the action and actual plot, I got sucked into the world and wanted to know more and more about the characters. We focus on two sisters, who are a mish-mash of tropes, but the exact opposite of what their general look would clue you in on. I loved th [...]

    Reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a sort of naughty retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings from an LGBT perspective just didn't work for me. Not badly written, just an idea that never needed to be shown the light of day. It is what it is and some will like it, but one of them won't be me.

    This review and others posted over at my blog.I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Bitter after learning her longtime friend has proposed to another woman, Evadne hopes to ruin her spoiled sister’s trip to London by exposing her scandalous relationship with another girl. Instead, Evadne is sent along with young Dorina to keep an eye on her as they visit their Uncle Basil, a painter. The girls meet Basil’s friend Lady Henry and while Dorina is immediat [...]

    Thanks to HMH Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!Victorian England, demons, and fencing - what more could you want in a fantasy novel? This was definitely a more unique read and I think that's what I liked most about it. CREATURES OF WILL & TEMPER by Molly Tanzer seemed to have a little of everything, but they were combined so well that it wasn't awkward.We follow two sisters, Evadne and Dorina as they venture to London. Dorina is an aspiring art critic, and Evadne [...]

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI think how you feel about this book will depend on how much you like historical fiction and also how important it is to you that everything is 'accurate'. I don't read a lot of historical fiction but I do enjoy it on occasion, although really I prefer the writing style to be a bit more modern even on things set in the past. I know I saw a few reviews floating around here complaining that the style was too modern [...]

    3.5 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*This book was not quite a retelling but was inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray. And while it wasn’t all that similar, it was still a good book in its own right.I don’t actually know what it’s like to grow up with a sibling, so reading about siblings is always interesting to me. And this book had a type of sibling relationship I have not come across often in books, or at least not seen ex [...]

    An absolutely enchanting read! The story of two very different sisters who find their way to an appreciation of each other, this book is a sweet and rollicking read. Plus, it's packed with really great fight scenes and some super sexy moments. I really enjoyed it.(I got a free copy of this book from the publisher to prepare for an interview with the author--gosh I love my job!)

    This book wasodd. I am really having a difficult time summarizing how I feel about this novel. At first it seemed to check off tons of my boxes - London, Victorian age, women breaking from their expected roles, a supernatural element, and a complex sister relationship. I went into this book expecting to devour it and then as for some more. Instead I found myself struggling through the slow first half and considered abandoning it, then speeding through the back half but questioning every characte [...]

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Victorian Era London is a wonder that's known for it's fluid social roles, vibrant arts scene, and underground diabolic cults. Evadne Gray, a fencer, isn't interested in those first two and doesn't know about the last, but she finds herself in the city against her wishes to act as a chaperone for her younger sister, Dorina, an aspiring art critic. After Dorina meets their uncle’s friend, Lady Henrietta “Henry” Wotton, an ari [...]

    This is a deeply disconcerting book.It introduces its demons--the "creatures of will and temper"--immediately, though at first it isn't clear that the entity that shares Lady Henry's mind is a demon. Over the course of the novel, these beings will be seen as enticing, and terrifying; morally neutral, and pure evil. Tanzer will make each of the views of demons believable at the time.Demons can give their people great gifts, intensifying aspects of their lives and abilities. Of course, there's alw [...]

    When Evadne Gray catches her younger sister, Dorinia, dallying with another teen aged girl right after the man Evadne loves informs her that he is marrying someone else, Evadne runs to their mother to tell and assumes it will put a stop to Dorinia’s planned visit to their uncle in London. (Dorinia has the ambition to become an art critic, and there is no art to be seen out in the country where she lives.) Instead, their mother decides that Evadne will accompany Dorinia, something Evadne has no [...]

    7.12.2017 - 4*Creatures of Will and Temper je pro mě jedna z obtížnějších knih na zhodnocení. Je to taky jedna, která vás s každou další částí zavede trošku někam jinam.Ze začátku mě zaujala. Někde v půlce jsem se zamilovala do její poetičnosti. Ke konci mě opravdu chytila pro rychlejší tempo děje.Strašně se mi líbila atmosféra, kterou se autorka snažila vykreslit. Je to pocta Oscaru Wildeovi a tak si Tanzer hrála a pokud už ne dokonale, rozhodně napsala kouse [...]

    Creatures is a wonderfully tight, fun, and character-rich novel. It's not as dark or erotic as A Pretty Mouth, or as historically interesting as Vermilion, but it's extremely well-constructed. Evadne, Henry, and Dorina are all strikingly unique and enjoyable to inhabit on a moment-to-moment level. And each of them has a relationship with gender and sexuality norms that is both brazen and subtle, never played up as an irrelevant source of conflict but also never overtly anachronistic. The best pa [...]

    DNF at 180/355I really wanted to like this. Queer ladycentric riff on The Picture of Dorian Gray, how could I not want to? And yet.First of all, I should probably not have re-read The Picture of Dorian Gray *before* reading this, but rather afterwards. If you say you’re doing a “riff” on a classic, you have a lot to measure up to, both in content and style. (And yes, I realise the “riff” is surely the publisher’s phrasing, but this is an actual cover version - we have Basil Hallward, [...]

    Creatures of Will and Temperby Molly TanzerHoughton Mifflin HarcourtJohn Joseph Adams/Mariner BooksPub Date 14 Nov 2017Courtesy netgalleyMolly Tanzer’s book, Creatures of Will and Temper, is described as “A Victorian urban fantasy featuring duelists, demons, and the dark arts, inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray.” It is all that and more. I picked it up because of the nod to Oscar Wilde’s classic. I read Wilde’s book in college, more than thirty-five years ago, and remember the broa [...]

    Wow! I stayed up late rushing through to the end of the book, I just had to know what was going to happen, and I was ever so worried about the characters. I appreciated how well done the victorian setting was. I also was intrigued by the demons that exist in this universe, they weren't at all what I expected!

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