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Celia Lake

Author of Outcrossing

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Works by Celia Lake

Outcrossing (2018) 31 copies, 1 review
Pastiche (2020) 21 copies, 2 reviews
Carry On (2020) 20 copies, 1 review
Eclipse (2021) 19 copies, 2 reviews
Goblin Fruit (2019) 18 copies, 1 review
Wards of the Roses (2019) 15 copies, 1 review
Magician's Hoard (2019) 15 copies, 3 reviews
Sailor's Jewel (2021) 14 copies, 1 review
On the Bias (2020) 13 copies, 1 review
Seven Sisters (2020) 13 copies, 1 review
In the Cards (2019) 13 copies, 1 review
Fool's Gold (2021) 12 copies, 1 review
The Hare and the Oak (2022) 12 copies, 1 review
Best Foot Forward (2022) 11 copies
Point by Point (2022) 11 copies, 1 review
The Fossil Door (2021) 11 copies, 1 review
Winter's Charms (2021) 10 copies, 1 review
Complementary (2021) 9 copies
Mistress of Birds (2022) 9 copies, 1 review
Bound for Perdition (2023) 8 copies, 1 review
Perfect Accord (2024) 7 copies
Forged in Combat (2022) 6 copies, 1 review
Shoemaker's Wife 6 copies, 1 review
The Magic of Four 6 copies, 1 review
Three Graces 4 copies
Tea and Meetings 4 copies, 2 reviews
With All Due Speed 3 copies, 1 review
Ancient Trust 3 copies
A Dog's Chance 3 copies

Associated Works

Her Magical Pet: Benefit F/F Story Collection (2020) — Contributor — 7 copies, 1 review


Common Knowledge




Clara and Owen, who married during the war, are reunited when Owen is demobbed in 1920.

Clara keeps working in her aunt's apothecary and Owen, who doesn't yet have the financial resources to set up a a shoemaker again, eventually finds work backstage in a theatre.

I liked the characters and thought their story was interesting -- but quieter, less compelling and less tightly plotted than many of Lake's other historical fantasy novels. Like it really just wanted to be a character-focused narrative about a couple finding their feet after the war, and the mystery had been somewhat tacked on.
It had seemed like a good idea at the time, that was all she could say for herself. And then she’d just kept putting one foot in front of another, helping Owen’s Mum, and then going on by herself. It wasn’t enough, somehow. She felt like there was some sort of pamphlet or booklet that everyone else had got, somewhere between leaving school and becoming an adult. And she’d never got a copy.
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Herenya | Jul 5, 2024 |
Historical young adult fantasy school story, set in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Because the characters are young--only 14--there is no romance here, unlike the related books in this fantasy milieu. The school details are well worked out and satisfying. And the characterizations are strong.

I highly enjoyed this.
readinggeek451 | May 4, 2024 |
A cosy fantasy mystery set in 1917. Lynet and a fellow crafter have developed magical journals that can pass messages to each other, and now they have orders to produce the journals en masse -- but more quickly and cheaply than they believe is possible. Her request for more assistance gets her assigned, not another skilled crafter, but a Schola man who has recently been invalided out of the war.

Much like Carry On (which I proceeded to reread), this explores the difficulties challenging problematic workplace practises during wartime, when people can be expected to obey orders without question (either because the answers are classified or because questions are seen as disloyalty) -- or because the questioner is dismissed because of their class status.

I liked Reggie’s clear respect for Lynet’s skill and achievements, and how the romance arises despite their class differences because of the way they respect each other and learn to work together.
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Herenya | Dec 22, 2023 |
This cosy historical fantasy is set in Albion in 1927. Thalia, a writer who has been struggling to build her career in London, goes to Dartmoor to stay in her aunt’s house while her aunt is away.

This is more of a Gothic mystery than Lake’s other novels. I enjoyed the strong sense of place and the atmosphere of suspense, and I really liked the way Thalia and Adam, both of whom are still dealing with trauma from their experiences of WWI, come to support and understand each other.
Herenya | Dec 22, 2023 |


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