The Midnight Bargain


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$25.95  $24.13
Erewhon Books
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5.6 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

C.L. Polk is the bestselling, World Fantasy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels The Midnight Bargain and Witchmark, which was also nominated for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, and Lambda Literary Awards. It was named one of the best books of 2018 according to NPR, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Review, BookPage, and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. They live in Alberta, Canada.


★"The author's penetrating social critique and deeply felt depiction of one woman's struggle for self-determination are balanced by her charming take on classic Regency romance. . . . An expertly concocted mélange of sweet romance and sharp social commentary." --Kirkus, starred review

★"Polk's foray into a society of magic and politics places the woman in the secondary role, but neither Beatrice nor Ysbeta will stay in place. Fans of romantic fantasy set in a multicultural world will find this a fascinating read." --Library Journal, starred review

★"Polk expertly balances propulsive pacing, a rich multicultural world, and a vivid and subversive cast of characters. Readers will be swept away by this powerful and passionate fantasy." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A sleek, beautiful book with a quietly serious heart." --Amal El-Mohtar in The New York Times

"Smart, sexy, and sincere, The Midnight Bargain is an alter-Regency romance with fantastical magic and very real teeth." --Alix E. Harrow, best-selling author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

"From page one, C. L. Polk displays an elegant mastery of form. The Midnight Bargain is by turns charming and wrenching." --Mary Robinette Kowal­, Hugo Award-winning author of The Calculating Stars

"A rich banquet of a novel with vivid details, smart dialogue, and a cleverly unfolding examination of what it means to be denied the destiny you know you are meant for--and how to fight for change." --Kate Elliott, author of Unconquerable Sun

"The Midnight Bargain is a delicious mix of forbidden magic and social ritual, with dangerous secrets, impossible choices, coded grimoires, and stolen kisses dressed up in a sensory feast of fancy carriages and corset stays." --Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage

"A lush, intensely romantic and intensely political book about love, friendship, freedom and magic." --Aliette de Bodard, author of Fireheart Tiger

"An absolute dream--at once sparkling and romantic, delightfully magical, and deeply thought-provoking." --H. G. Parry, author of The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

"I was utterly charmed. . . . It's the perfect blend of fantasy and romance." --Kat Howard, award-winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians

"A sparkling, incisive, and razor-sharp fantasy of manners. A must read for anyone who loves stories where romance and fantasy meet." --Tasha Suri, award-winning author of The Jasmine Throne

"A subversive tale of magic and manners. I stayed up all night to finish this one." --Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea