'When Kasumi leaves her remote village for the teeming city of Edo, her life is transformed. As a lady-in-waiting in a samurai mansion she discovers a rare talent for art and falls in love with a young samurai. How could she ever return to the life of a simple mountain girl?
'But Kasumi must set aside her own concerns. Her country is on the brink of change and Edo is simmering with tension. And her mistress has a dangerous secret-a secret that Kasumi is gradually drawn into...
'Set against the vivid backdrop of nineteenth-century Japan, THE PEONY LANTERN is a powerful story of art, love and friendship, and finding your own path.' (Publication summary)
'From bestselling and award-winning author Frances Watts comes the first in an incredibly exciting new series of standalone historical novels. Set in Ancient Rome, The Raven's Wing tells the story of Claudia, who is wrenched from her happy life with her aunt and uncle to return to the home of her senator father, whom she hasn't seen since her mother died when she was very young. Soon Claudia starts to uncover the true reasons behind her father's newfound interest, and finds herself an unwitting pawn in her new stepmother's plots and schemes. Full of intrigue, romance and humour, The Raven's Wing takes you back to life in Ancient Rome, but with a voice that is entirely fresh and relatable for young women today.' (Publication summary)
'At first your eyes will not believe, Such terrors they can scarce conceive, But come, look closely; you will see Horrific creatures just like me. Open the box, if you dare, But danger lies within: Beware! ' (Publisher's blurb)