Sunday, March 24, 2013

Tiffany Trent, The Unnaturalists


"Fast-paced, heart-wrenching, magical and fascinating." (Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness quartet )

"Utterly ingenious! Tiffany Trent has more fine invention at her fingertips than a roomful of magical Leonardos!" (Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author )

“By St. Darwin and his Great Apes, The Unnaturalists is unnaturally good! Few authors can mix science and fantasy the way Tiffany can; her science-worshiping New London is perfectly original and perfectly realized, and Vespa Nyx is a heroine to cheer for. So much steampunk is just more of the same; The Unnaturalists is captivatingly different.” (Ysabeau Wilce, Andre Norton Award-winning author of Flora’s Dare)

"Thrilling, intricate and magical, The Unnaturalists is a formidable entry into the steampunk genre. Vespa Nyx is a spunky heroine we can all root for, and Tiffany Trent's worldbuilding skills are unmatched. This book will delight anyone who loves magic, gadgets and brilliantly drawn settings. I highly recommend it." (Caitlin Kittredge, author of The Iron Thorn )

"Thoroughly magical...leaves readers wanting more." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Science, magic, myth, and alternate history all work together to create an intriguing alternate world with more depth than many books in the genre. This is a world worth visiting." (Publishers Weekly

"An entertaining mix of steampunk and fantasy." (School Library Journal)

Book description: 

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.

As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

Tiffany Trent Bio:

Tiffany Trent is the author of The Unnaturalists, a young adult steampunk fantasy which won the 2012 Green Earth Book Award Honor. She is also the author of the Hallowmere series and the recipient of a Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Grant. Her short stories have appeared in Magic in the Mirrorstone, Corsets and Clockwork, Willful Impropriety and Subterranean magazine. She is the co-editor of Breaking Waves: A Charity Anthology for Gulf Coast Oil Spill Relief. When not writing or editing, she’s either contemplating pie, out playing with bees, or wrestling with the jungle of her garden. She lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband and a passel of critters. Visit her at


  1. Sounds fascinating. It may be time for me to be initiated into this genre as a reader.

  2. No doubt Tiffany would welcome you!

  3. Great adventures ALWAYS begin with librarians! Especially catalogers.

    I am very curious as to how unnatural these creatures may truly be.

  4. Should you venture into the dark depths of the Museum of Unnatural History, I wish you well of your journey! :-)