The beautiful ones Silvia Moreno Garcia hardcover
"Truly one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance and grace with just the right touch of magic." ―M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the belle époque.
In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.
Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valerie Beaulieu she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.
Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamt of. But Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.
From School Library Journal
In a Belle Epoque—inspired setting, the author of Signal to Noise and Certain Dark Things tries her hand at romance with excellent results. Hector Auvray, a world-renowned telekinetic performer, has returned to the posh city of Loisail after years away with one purpose in mind—to see Valérie Beaulieu, his former fiancée, who broke their engagement to marry for money and security instead of the passionate love they shared. He decides to court Antonina Beaulieu, Valérie's husband's young country cousin, who has telekinetic powers of her own and doesn't quite fit in during her first Grand Season. Unaware of the part that she is playing in the bigger plot, the curious and awkward Antonina falls for the mysterious Hector, especially because he accepts her abilities. This novel of manners presents carefully crafted characters with nuanced motivations to rival any Thomas Hardy classic. Moreno-Garcia adeptly captures the ecstatic highs of first love and the bitter disappointments of first heartbreak. Hints of the paranormal and dashes of adventure and feminism are subtly interwoven, making for an unforgettable work. VERDICT A must-have where Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and romance are popular.—Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal
“Moreno-Garcia fills her fantastic novel of manners with sumptuous language…Readers who enjoyed Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories magical Regency series will be particularly enthralled by the genuine emotions evoked in the course of the unsustainable love triangle.” – Publishers Weekly
“Overflowing with delicious melodrama … a great fit for fans of the 18th-century French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” –Library Journal
“This elegant tale of hidden desires and misplaced amour will appeal to fans of historical fantasy.” – Booklist
“The Beautiful Ones is an elegantly paced novel that moves its characters into place with ease, with careful attention paid to ways a word or a moment can change an entire life.” – Book Page
“Many of Moreno-Garcia’s characters do terrible, despicable things to hurt each other and profit personally in this book, but that’s what keeps them and the narrative interesting. It’s a slow-burn, stately novel about the magic of what it means to love, and love truly.” – Tor.com
“Readers who enjoy light speculative elements, historical fantasy, romance, and beautiful prose will find a trove. Straddling several genres with elegant intelligence, The Beautiful Ones is both an easy read and a fulfilling one.” – Locus
“This is the third novel I read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I loved all of them in different ways: each in a different genre by a chameleon writer with incredible writing skills.” – Kirkus
“The Beautiful Ones is a hauntingly lovely book, romantic and crushing by turns, touched with magic on every level.” – Vancouver Sun
“The whole book is a magnificent tangle of unspoken words and feelings. Nothing is tepid; everything, even the absence of feelings, is charged with danger and heartache. ” – Strange Horizons
“Certain people in the world of The Beautiful Ones have telekinetic abilities, but while these abilities do play an important part in the story, this is not a story of magic unless it’s the magic of the human heart.” – FantasyLiterature.com
“I never quite knew how the story was going to play out with betrayal going on, misunderstandings happening and heartbreak occurring. Overall, I definitely recommend this one.” – Literary Dust
About the Author
SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Signal to Noise and Certain Dark Things and the short story collection This Strange Way of Dying, which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award in Canada. She was a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize and a recipient of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Award for Best Emerging Writer. She lives in Canada.