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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance with a dash of magic.

They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis- neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse - and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.

But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina - and himself - that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins.

The Beautiful Ones is a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2017 Silvia Moreno-Garcia (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Straddling several genres with elegant intelligence, The Beautiful Ones is both an easy read and a fulfilling one.” (Locus)

"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 best-selling author) 

“Moreno-Garcia fills her fantastic novel of manners with sumptuous language and plausible romantic complications in a setting that appears to be based on 19th-century France and is lightly garnished with minor magic.... 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

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Beautifully Written, Beautifully Boring, Horrifically Slow

I loved Mexican Gothic, so I looked forward to this new novel. Sadly, it was slow moving, just another triangle love story, and so boring. So many hours wasted to get to a predictable conclusion. I do not recommend this book, unless you have nothing better to do, but listen to lyrical writing that tells you a blah story about the limited choices women in history were forced to take. Save your credit.

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A well researched and intuitive depiction ...

Of upper class society and the myriad feminine nonsensicality oppressing all in days gone by. A read where the heroine is the villain, the protagonist a twat, and the male figure nothing more than an impudent, climbing scoundrel. Every page delights as Moreno-Garcia inverts paradigm and trope alike, transforming the banal into a breath of fresh air.

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Literally beautiful

This book is literally just a beautiful story. The ending was just absolute perfection and Sylvia knows how to develop and write characters. I really feel like I can understand what each character feels and goes through through this but I just absolutely love it. Her other novel Mexican Gothic was just as beautifully written.

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very Enjoyable

I loved this story, the characters, the defiance of the leading Lady. Brings back memories. Love conquers all.

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Amazing!

The build up is slow but the story in enticing!
The narrator and the story transform you to another time. It will be nostalgic and have you dreaming about your first love, heart break and courage of your youth.

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So much fun

Silvia Morna-Garcia is both clearly a fan and also a master of genre, both its tone and tropes.

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Starts slow, but worth the buildup.

I loved American Gothic and The Gods of Jade… but didn’t get instantly engrossed. However, it quickly picks up. Ended up loving it as well.

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So Beautiful!

Every time I read a work from this author, I am mesmerized and transported to a fantasy world full of every emotion possible. Nina is a stupendous character, inspiring great innocence and strength. Every other character is well developed and help carry this magnificent story. A touch of paranormal adds a few sparks. I have read all of this author's novels and can't get enough. She's a wonderful writer and storyteller. Congratulations on another wonderful book.