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Hardback Published on: 11/04/2024
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The Familiar
Wow… just wow
I was jumping with excitement to receive a copy of The Familiar, but I was nervous too, I often find historical fiction books worrisome to ease into, nerv... READ MORE
Keela at Argyle St
The Familiar
Perfection in a book!
Leigh Bardugo just keeps getting better and better! In her first historical fiction, Leigh brings us into the life of Luzia Cotado and how she battles thr... READ MORE
Georgia Hume
The Familiar
A Master Storyteller
Full of immersive historical world building, rich characterisation, and a captivating plot, this latest instalment from Leigh Bardugo is certainly not goin... READ MORE
The Familiar
A magical novel full of elegant writing that expertly brings history to life!
The Familiar is an exquisite historical fantasy set in sixteenth century Madrid and the plot follows Luzia, a servant full of ambition who possess a unique... READ MORE
Laura at Blackpool
The Familiar
Prepare to be obsessed!
In a shabby, unassuming house, on a shabby and lonely street, in the capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado does the best she can with the scraps of magic she kno... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
The Familiar
Utterly Intoxicating
A deliciously dark and seductively gothic tale of love, power and greed under the oppressive gaze of the Spanish Inquisition. Completely enthralling, intox... READ MORE
Rayah Evans
The Familiar
Seductively dark and utterly compelling
It was an obsession from the first page and i was quick to let it consume and not let me go. I was ensnared by the writing and the gripping and thrilling s... READ MORE
Katie at Blackpool
The Familiar
Bardugo's Best
Leigh Bardugo has done it again. But even better. Perfectly crafted. Perfectly delectable. Such a rich world which is only enhanced by Bardugo's incredib... READ MORE
Bill at Solihull
The Familiar
Leigh Bardugo has done it again!
I have been a longtime fan of Leigh Bardugo for years - she is one of my 'in the basket first, ask questions later' kind of authors, and The Familiar did n... READ MORE
Joanna at St. Neots
The Familiar
Sumptuous imagined historical fiction
Gorgeously written, sumptuously imagined historical fiction with a magical twist - The Familiar has taken Leigh Bardugo’s writing in a wonderful direction.... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
The Familiar
Bardugo's best work yet!!
Working as a scullion of a noble family in 16th century Spain, Luzia uses little bits of magic to ease her chores. The bread burns? No worries, a little tu... READ MORE
The Familiar
Leigh Bardugo is, without a doubt, a literary genius! She has weaved the perfect historical fiction with a twist of fantasy that fans of either genre will ... READ MORE
Victoria at Aviemore
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Superbly Unique!
This is a lush and unique fantasy set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. I really enjoyed the historical Spanish setting as I didn't know that much ab... READ MORE
Talia at Cambridge
The Familiar
A Must-Read for Bardugo Fans!
The Familiar sees Bardugo return to adult fantasy, with a lush historical foray into Golden Age Spain. We follow a servant girl, Luzia, as she discovers fo... READ MORE
Hannah Pilcher
The Familiar
Utterly divine!
As someone who doesn’t read much YA or fantasy this was my first Bardugo - since finishing I have bought both Ninth House and Six of Crows because I loved ... READ MORE
Becca Child
The Familiar
A brilliant story of sisterhood, magic, and romance!
The Familiar is a story of sisterhood, witchcraft, and romance set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. The characters and their relationships ... READ MORE
Niamh at Leeds
The Familiar
A dark, intriguing tale
The Familiar is an immersive, elegant historical fiction novel that sucked me in and kept me hooked. The balance between character development, a fast-movi... READ MORE
The Familiar
Atmospheric & absorbing
The author spun an evocative tale of determination in the face of danger. The exquisite writing immersed me into the story and the dynamics between the cha... READ MORE
Sophie at Windsor
The Familiar
Just read it. Just read it.
Leigh Bardugo is a true genius! This is one of those books that might not be for everyone, but my GOD was it for me. I just knew from the first 30 pages th... READ MORE
Millie Slingsby
The Familiar
Good, but not Great
I enjoyed reading The Familiar, but I confess to not being completely bowled over by it. I guess I expected something a little more daring from such an est... READ MORE
Bookseller Adam, Birmingham


Set in the Spanish Golden Age, The Familiar begins with Luzia Cotado, a servant who happens to have magical powers. Yet when those magical powers are accidentally revealed to her scheming mistress, Luzia's life is forever altered. A bewitching, atmospheric historical novel from the acclaimed author of Ninth House .


In a shabby house, on a shabby street, in the new capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado uses scraps of magic to get through her days of endless toil as a scullion. But when her scheming mistress discovers the lump of a servant cowering in the kitchen is actually hiding a talent for little miracles, she demands Luzia use those gifts to better the family's social position.&nbsp

What begins as simple amusement for the bored nobility takes a perilous turn when Luzia garners the notice of Antonio Pérez, the disgraced secretary to Spain's king. Still reeling from the defeat of his armada, the king is desperate for any advantage in the war against England's heretic queen—and Pérez will stop at nothing to regain the king's favor.

Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the lines between magic, science, and fraud are never certain. But as her notoriety grows, so does the danger that her Jewish blood will doom her to the Inquisition's wrath. She will have to use every bit of her wit and will to survive—even if that means enlisting the help of Guillén Santangel, an embittered immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Ninth House, Hell Bent and creator of the Grishaverse comes a bewitching historical novel set in the Spanish Golden Age, brimming with peril and dark deeds

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 2928377233976
  • Number of pages: 476
  • Weight: 750g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 40 mm

Customer Reviews

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The Familiar
A romantic, magical and gripping standalone leaves you yearning for more
Where do I even start with this book? I’ll be honest, when they first announced it, I didn’t really want to read the synopsis. I knew I was going to preord... READ MORE
The Familiar
An Exquisite Gem Of A Book, My Favourite Book By The Author So Far
’Maybe if she’d been born on a different day, or even at a different hour, without the prayers for a queen’s soul echoing in her ears, she might have done ... READ MORE
Charlotte Watkins