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The Familiar

By Leigh Bardugo
The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo digital book - Fable

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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER * #1 INDIE BESTSELLER * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“An immersive, sensual experience.” —The New York Times

"Essential." —The Washington Post

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo comes a spellbinding novel set in the Spanish Golden Age.

In a shabby house, on a shabby street, in the new capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado uses scraps of magic to get through her days of endless toil as a scullion. But when her scheming mistress discovers the lump of a servant cowering in the kitchen is actually hiding a talent for little miracles, she demands Luzia use those gifts to improve the family's social position.

What begins as simple amusement for the nobility takes a perilous turn when Luzia garners the notice of Antonio Pérez, the disgraced secretary to Spain's king. Still reeling from the defeat of his armada, the king is desperate for any advantage in the war against England's heretic queen—and Pérez will stop at nothing to regain the king's favor.

Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the lines between magic, science, and fraud are never certain. But as her notoriety grows, so does the danger that her Jewish blood will doom her to the Inquisition's wrath. She will have to use every bit of her wit and will to survive—even if that means enlisting the help of Guillén Santángel, an embittered immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both.

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439 Reviews

3.5
Thinking Face“im having trouble putting into words how i felt about this book. the last third of the book i really enjoyed and it bumped the rank up a little. I think my biggest issue was i felt unconnected to the story and characters and the magic didnt feel fully developed to me. but it was still enjoyable and i liked the ending. i also had a bit of an issue being into the romance because i pictured Luzia as a teen/young adult and santangel is immortal and thus really old so it felt a bit creepy to me. overall i did enjoy and it was very well written and unique but I have a lot of thoughts to sit with and i may come back to my rating later.”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingImmersive settingDarkRacismViolence
Expressionless Face“Umm, this was ok, but I honestly felt the plot was very shallow. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters.”
Unengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Slightly Smiling Face“Great historical fiction! I loved the pacing and how it would change perspectives. I loved seeing it switch between Luzia and Santangels POV!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingSuspensefulTwistyDark settingMagical setting
Thinking Face
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingSuspensefulImmersive settingRomantic

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