For fans of V.E. Schwab and Lev Grossman, this delectable book delights with some fantasy, some reality, and plenty of quirky characters—namely, classic characters from Victorian novels like Wuthering Heights and David Copperfield. The main protagonists are brothers Charley and Rob, Rob the older, pragmatic brother and Charley the brother who can summon characters from books at will. While filled with adventure and danger, this book revolves around the relationship of the two brothers and the secrets between them. Filled with some fun references for lovers of literature and some equally fun twists, you'll love this book for its originality and for the development of the brotherly bond.
— From Emma's Picks
The ultimate book-lover's fantasy, featuring a young scholar with the power to bring literary characters into the world, for fans of The Magicians, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Invisible Library.
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob -- a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an utterly normal life -- hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his life's duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other. But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world... and for once, it isn't Charley's doing.
There's someone else who shares his powers. It's up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them, and hopefully before anyone gets to The End.
"Many have tried and some have succeeded in writing mashups with famed literary characters, but Parry knocks it out of the park... Just plain wonderful.
"—Kirkus (starred review)
"Fun, witty, and full of insights about the powerful effect of stories on our lives, this book is highly recommended. Give it to readers who devoured Jasper Fforde, Jim C. Hines' Libriomancer (2012), and Genevieve Cogman's The Invisible Library (2016), and to readers looking for adventurous fantasy with a soupçon of family drama."
—Booklist (starred review)
"H.G. Parry's ambitious debut novel is a delight of magic and literature, love and adventure. With vibrant characters and a passion for story that shines through every word, this engaging read establishes Parry as a writer to watch.
"A delightful blend of adventure and mystery and marvel,
a story in which the fantastical becomes real. This beautifully-written
novel is an exploration of the power fiction wields -- the power to inform and to change, even to endanger, our everyday world."—Louisa Morgan
exploration of the worlds within words. Parry writes with the keen insight of Sherlock Holmes, the generous heart of David Copperfield, and the haunting soul of Dorian Grey.
"—Jordanna Max Brodsky
"A joyous adventure through all the tales you've ever loved. Funny, charming, clever and heartfelt,
you're absolutely going to adore The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
"H.G. Parry has crafted an imaginative and unique exploration of how words shift our lives in ways big and small. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
is a rollicking adventure that thrills like Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere mashed up with Penny Dreadful in the best post-modern way.
Equal parts sibling rivalry, crackling mystery, and Dickensian battle royale, it'll be one of your most fun reads this year."—Mike Chen
"Clever, emotionally compelling, and teeming with witty allusions.
In a story reminiscent of the literary world-bending adventures of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next
, Parry has crafted a tale which will appeal to the cherished dreams-and secret nightmares-of all bibliophiles."—Cass Morris
"Parry does a lovely dance on and around the stage of Dickens and other classical literature, playing fast and loose with the nature of reality to tell a story about the transformative act of the reading process and the importance of family, both found and not. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
is dead clever and enormously satisfying.
"If you've ever checked the backs of your wardrobe for snow and lamp-light -- if you've ever longed to visit Pemberley House or 221B Baker Street, to battle the Jabberwock or wander through a fictional London fog -- this book belongs to you. It's a star-studded literary tour and a tangled mystery and a reflection on reading itself; it's a pure delight.
"—Alix E. Harrow
"Engaging and intelligent
, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep kept me turning the pages
to discover familiar characters and surprising twists."—Rowenna Miller