“Lisa Goldstein mixes history, faerie, literature and love to engrave a tale both intelligent and fine. [Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon] is, from first to last, a delight.” —Neil Gaiman
London in the time of Queen Elizabeth I is a bustling place, its streets crowded with vendors selling goods from all over the world. In the courtyard of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Alice Wood competes with other booksellers, hawking pamphlets, plays, and the latest poetry from the continent. It is a lonely life for a hardworking young widow, and she will soon put it aside. When a black-clad stranger visits, speaking in riddles and asking questions about her long-vanished son, Alice will be drawn into an adventure straight out of one of her faerie stories.
The Elizabethan court has been infiltrated by the Fair Folk, a race of magical beings whose intentions are shadowy and dangerous. With the help of Christopher Marlowe, the city’s most dashing playwright, Alice must untangle the faerie conspiracy to save her son—and the crown.
“[Goldstein’s] magnificent book functions both as an eerie fantasy and an evocative period piece, overlaid with all the thrills of a convoluted conspiracy novel.” —The Washington Post Book World
“[Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon] is that rare and marvelous beast, a fantasy grounded in humanity. Lisa Goldstein mixes history, faerie, literature and love to engrave a tale both intelligent and fine. . . . It is, from first to last, a delight.” —Neil Gaiman
“Goldstein imbues this material with the proper amount of stylishness and invention, skillfully weaving a richly textured tapestry of narrative unmarred by the ratty threads of cliché.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“This book will interest readers of both history and fantasy and especially those who dream of seeing new vistas open through magical doors where none stood before.” —The Christian Science Monitor Lisa Goldstein has published ten novels and dozens of short stories under her own name and two fantasy novels under the pseudonym Isabel Glass. Her most recent novel is The Uncertain Places, which won the Mythopoeic Award. Goldstein received the National Book Award for The Red Magician and the Sidewise Award for her short story “Paradise Is a Walled Garden.” Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. Some of her stories appear in the collection Travellers in Magic.
Goldstein has worked as a proofreader, library aide, bookseller, and reviewer. She lives with her husband and their overexuberant Labrador retriever, Bonnie, in Oakland, California. Her website is www.brazenhussies.net/goldstein.