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2021 - Shortlisted
Her Perilous Mansion takes the reader on a mysterious journey embalmed in magic. Almanac (an orphan) and Etta Jacobs are summoned to service in a historic manor and find themselves inhaled by the home. Magic thresholds convert them to a different form, and we are introduced to a variety of unseen characters.
The reader is connected to a tenuous thread that could be a life opportunity or a complete disaster. The house moves with adept magic to provide for all who inhabit it. The sorceress, Sofia Phronesis, is the connection to an enduring spell that catapults Etta and Almanac into a wild ride, resulting in a freedom they could never have imagined.