Not every book needs to be a series, but when it comes to one as flat-out irresistible as The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (one of our favorite books of the year, not to mention one of 2017’s standout debuts), we’ll gladly take a second helping, thank you very much.
Next summer, Theodora Goss returns to the horror/steampunk/sci-fi Victoriana setting in which the daughters of infamous literary characters from Jekyll to Moreau to Frankenstein team up to solve dastardly crimes. Told in a knowing narrative voice (and featuring constant asides and mid-text revisions from the protagonists), the first book is both a delightful adventure and a wry meta-commentary on genre tropes. We can’t wait for another one.
Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long. Today, we’re showing off the gorgeous cover of European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, coming in July 2018. The cover design is once again by Kate Forrester, and the official summary hints at more intrigue afoot, if at a remove from the Mary Jekyll’s home. Check out the full image below.
Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.
But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, Catherine, and Justine reach her in time?
Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.
“Kate Forrester’s cover design captures the spirit of European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman more perfectly than I could have imagined,” Goss said. “When I first saw it, I thought, wait: I recognize that bridge! It’s the Chain Bridge over the Danube, and the city behind it is Budapest. Both the colors and images on the cover remind me of my own travels in Central Europe researching the book, and I could not be more thrilled to have another wonderful Forrester design for the second adventure of the Athena Club.”
“If the idea of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with awesome ladies appeals to you as much as it does to me, you’re going to love this book,” said Navah Wolfe, who edited the book for Saga Press. “It’s got action, adventure, travel to glamorous new places—and a cast of characters, both familiar and new, that will grab your heart. I’m in love with all of these awesome ladies, and I’m so excited for you all to get to dive in to their next adventure.”