a cozy fantasy novel for adults
by Sarah Beth Durst
coming July 9, 2024, from Tor / Bramble
The Spellshop is Sarah Beth Durst's romantasy debut -- a lush cottagecore tale full of stolen spellbooks, unexpected friendships, sweet jams, and even
Join Kiela the librarian and her assistant, Caz the sentient spider plant, as they navigate the low stakes market of illegal spellmaking and the high
risk business of starting over.
"Sarah Beth Durst is the hidden gem of the fantasy world." -- Book Riot
Kiela has always had trouble dealing with people. Thankfully, as librarian at the Great Library of Alyssium, she hasn't had to.
She and her assistant, Caz, a magically sentient spider plant, have spent the last eleven years sequestered among the empire's most precious spellbooks,
preserving their magic for the city's elite. But when a revolution begins and the library goes up in flames, she and Caz save as many books as they can carry and flee to a faraway island Kiela was sure she'd never
return to: her childhood home. Kiela hopes to lay low in the overgrown and rundown cottage her late parents left her and figure out a way to survive without drawing the attention of either the empire or the
revolutionaries. Much to her dismay, in addition to a nosy -- and very handsome -- neighbor, she finds the town neglected and in a state of disrepair.
The empire, for all its magic and power, has been neglecting for years the people who depend on magical intervention to maintain healthy livestock and
crops. Not only that, but the very magic that should be helping them has been creating destructive storms that have taken a toll on the island. Due to her past role at the library, Kiela feels partially responsible
for this, and now she's determined to find a way to make things right: by opening the island's first-ever secret spellshop.
Her plan comes with risks -- the consequence of sharing magic with commoners is death. And as Kiela comes to make a place for herself among the kind and
quirky townspeople of her former home, she realizes that in order to make a life for herself, she must learn to break down the walls she has built up so high.
Like a Hallmark rom-com full of mythical creatures and fueled by cinnamon rolls and magic, Sarah Beth Durst's The Spellshop will heal your heart and
feed your soul.
* * *
"Thoroughly enchanting! The Spellshop is brimming with cozy charm, endearing characters, and reminders that sometimes the biggest risks lead to the
sweetest rewards. I'm looking forward to reading more of Sarah Beth Durst's magical books." -- Heather Webber, USA Today bestselling author of Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe
"Reading this book was like sitting in the sun, watching bees in the foxgloves; a warm, peaceful delight of a novel. You can almost smell the jam, and
hear the ocean. I finished the book smiling." -- Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale
"The Spellshop is about believing in the kindness of people, even when you've seen nothing but cruelty. There is beauty in Kiela's building of a
new and brighter world. There is courage in the love of this found family." -- J.R. Dawson, author of The First Bright Thing
"The Spellshop sweeps readers into a world of merhorses, illegal spells, and first loves... it's as comforting as homemade jam on a fresh baked muffin!"
-- Rebecca Thorne, author of Can't Spell Treason Without Tea
* * *
Download hi-res cover art by Lulu Chen.
* * *
Also coming soon as an audiobook:
from Macmillan Audio
written by Sarah Beth Durst
narrated by Caitlin Davies
coming July 11, 2024 from
Pan Macmillan / Tor UK
Pre-order this book
UK ISBN: 978-1035042326
- German edition from Fischer Tor / S. Fischer Verlag (coming fall 2024)
- French edition from Bragelonne (coming TBA)
- Czech edition from Euromedia Group (coming TBA)
Return to Books page.