Gaslight fantasy set in the circus.

E-book re-release: December 3, 2015
Paperback re-release: Late 2016

Originally published in 2013 by Strange Chemistry Books.

In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more.

Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities – last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.

The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom, not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?


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Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction
The Gay YA Book of the Month October 2014
Nominated for the 2014 UKYA Book Award in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Nominated for the 2014 British Fantasy Society Best Newcomer Award
Scottish Book Trust Teens Book of the Month May 2014
Top Ten Title for the 2014 ALA Rainbow List
Shortlisted for the 2014 NE Teen Book Award
Nominated for the 2014 ALA Popular Paperbacks List in the GLBTQ category
Nominated for the 2014 Cybils Award
Longlisted for the 2014 Catalyst Book Award

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Praise for Pantomime:

Pantomime by Laura Lam took me into a detailed and exotic world, peopled by characters that I’d love to be friends with . . . and some I’d never want to cross paths with.”
– Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer trilogy

“Pantomime is a fantastical, richly drawn, poignant take on a classic coming-of-age story . . . a vibrant tale told with surety and grace.”
– Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy & Six of Crows

“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomime is a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress, and Adaption

“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in its detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’ Robin Hobb…”
 Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury and winner of the 2012 Leeds Book Award

“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
– Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series

“Who hasn’t dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam’s Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author.”
– Brian Katcher, author of Almost Perfect and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

“In Pantomime, Laura Lam has created a world which will take your breath away, and characters you will never want to leave. Enchanting.”
– Lou Morgan, author of Blood and Feathers

“A lyrical, stunningly written debut novel, which set my heart racing with every lift of the trapeze. In Micah we have one of the most original – and likeable – protagonists I’ve read in a long time. An author to watch, without a doubt.”
– Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow 

“With its cast of runaways, freaks and bullies, “Pantomime” blends Victorian circus glamour with grittier YA themes like identity, body image and independence. Entertaining and thought-provoking by turns, this is an assured debut by an exciting new fantasy author – Laura Lam is a name to watch!”
 Anne Lyle, author of The Alchemist of Souls

“Ancient myths, vintage tech and living wonders abound in the riotous carnival of fancy which is Pantomime. Lam paints her world with greasepaint and stardust while exploring the notion of the circus ‘freak’ with subtle brilliance. A spectacular and brave debut!”
 Kim Lakin-Smith, author of Cyber Circus

Some early reviews:

Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm: “The atmosphere of R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is everything that I have been missing in other circus reads of late . . . It’s a brave book and one that deserves to be read by a wide audience.”

Joanne @ Once Upon a Bookcase: “These characters are brilliant . . . You can’t help but fall in love with each of them in turn . . .  A completely eye-opening, enthralling debut.”

Hannah @ My Book Journey: “Pantomime is a dark, gritty world where all the fun of the fair can turn sinister at any time.”

Kirsty @ The Overflowing Library: “A fantastic read, a stunning debut and a jaw dropping secret! I cannot wait for book two.”

Raimy @ Readaraptor: “If there’s ever a book that you need to rush out and pre-order this is it . . . Pantomime is quite possibly one of the best fantasies of its type I have read this year.”

Andrew Hook: “Read Pantomime and know what good fantasy can be: intricate, heartbreaking and heartwarming. The best new book I’ve read this year.”

Maria M. Elmvang: “Pantomime has all the magic and mystery of The Night Circus . . .

Leanne @ District YA: ” I actually stayed up to the early hours of the morning because I just needed to know what was going to happen . . . Pantomime is a fascinating, exciting, thought provoking, colourful read.”

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