From a bold new voice comes a vibrant historical fantasy of magic and murder set in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Hetty Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, were Conductors on the Underground Railroad, ferrying dozens of slaves to freedom with daring, cunning, and magic that draws its power from the stars. With the war over, those skills find new purpose as they solve mysteries and murders in their community that white authorities would otherwise ignore.
In the heart of Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward, everyone knows that when there’s a strange death or magical curses causing trouble, Hetty and Benjy are the only ones that can solve the case. But when an old friend is murdered their investigation stirs up a wasp nest of intrigue, lies, and long-buried secrets—and a mystery unlike anything they’ve handled before. A clever, cold-blooded killer is on the prowl, and as death draws near, testing their magic and placing their lives at risk, Hetty and Benjy will discover how little they really know about their neighbors . . . and themselves.
In the proud tradition of Victor LaValle and Zen Cho, Nicole Glover speaks truth to history in the language of the fantastic.
As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband, Benjy, have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.
In this vibrant and original novel, Nicole Glover joins a roster of contemporary fantasy writers, such as Victor LaValle and Zen Cho, who use speculative fiction to delve into important historical and cultural threads.
- Publication Date: March 2, 2021
- Publisher: JJA Books/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
- ISBN10 0358197058
- ISBN13 9780358197058
- Genre: Historical Fantasy
Cover illustrated by Elizabeth Leggett
NICOLE GLOVER works as a UX Researcher in Norfolk, VA. A bike commuter and running enthusiast, she enjoys baking and figuring out what book to read next. The Conductors is her debut novel.