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An adult novel from the YA author Katy Moran, False Lights is a wonderfully rich and complex work of speculative fiction. Napoleon won at Waterloo and went on to conquer England where now the terror in French Revolution style is ready to explode on London’s streets. An exciting subject, but she didn’t stop there. The daughter of a black sea captain and a duke’s granddaughter lands in the middle of this, stirring up her own nest of trouble and highlighting the terrible assumptions and prejudices of the upper classes towards those of lower birth, women and those of African descent. Not a person not to take this lightly, feisty young Hester is willing to fight for her life, her place, her independence and her country. She is a vividly believably character. Then there are spies. And plots. And ambushes. Love, betrayal, anger, misunderstandings, two different resistance agents, riots, politics and atrocities. It’s odd to say that a period that never happened is well evoked but this is true here; the depth and detail of the Regency life is captured perfectly, as is the horror of battle and the idea that the faceless enemies are people too. I was uncertain to start with, but this book really drew me in and even surprised me. Fantastic. Sarah Broadhurst

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