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Forbidden Planet interviews Laure Eve on Blackheart Knights

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Blackheart Knights


'This is an outstandingly well-crafted and absorbing urban/epic/alt-reality/mythic fantasy read'

JULIET MCKENNA, author of the No.1 bestselling The Green Man's Heir

'Arthurian legend meets urban fantasy in a brilliant, bloody wild ride'

JAY KRISTOFF, No.1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author

'King Arthur as you've never seen him before. Eve doesn't just capture lightning, but commands it, in a riveting tragedy of blood and desire. A masterwork of urban fantasy - and the coolest thing you'll read this year'

SAMANTHA SHANNON, author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree

'The screaming neon of Bladerunner meets the medieval steel of Arthurian legend in a world that's dizzying in scope and imagination. The boldest, smartest, most adventurous fantasy I've read in ages - and it's really f**ing fun'

KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND, author of House of Hollow

'Prepare for a politically charged, addictive read'


'Blackheart Knights takes these familiar stories and makes them into something that is new and inventive - a gritty, grimdark take on a futuristic London. Well-written, compelling and packaged in a way that keeps the reader guessing. Think of this as an old-school thrash metal gig like Slayer or Metallica at their heyday - loud, fast, fun and satisfying as f***'


'Fun, gritty and imaginative twist on an Arthurian legend, it's an urban fantasy retelling where knights ride bikes rather than horses and compete in gruesome fights in an attempt to win money and fame. I haven't read anything like Blackheart Knights previously and I don't think I ever will again, it's a very unique contemporary take on a well-loved tale'


'This book is AMAZING! Honestly, everyone needs to read this. It blends the Arthurian legend we all know and love with an intricate and amazingly built urban fantasy world, and I completely devoured it. This has easily made its way onto my favourite books of the year!'


'This book was a brilliant read, and I'd recommend it to people who are interested in slow-paced, character-focused fantasy with a lot of grittiness. I also loved how there's a lot of casual queerness in this book. It's always great to see this kind of casual representation. Now to wait not-so-patiently for the next one'


'I was sucked into this world of knights and magic. I loved the way the politics of the world was introduced and how Art's history fed into Red's journey'


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'A powerful and moving urban fantasy that I found myself completely immersed in'


'Eve has created a rounded political fantasy novel that has all the twists and turns you would expect from a Le Carré novel. The bonus is that you also get cool fights, cool bikes, and cool leathers' 

SF Book Reviews

'A vibrantly reimagined urban fantasy'


'The concept already had me desperate to get my hands on a copy, but the execution was so immaculate that I know I'll be reading Blackheart Knights over and over again. A fresh and fascinating retelling that manages to make Arthurian myth modern, bloody, and pretty darn sexy'

Nia’s Book Fort

'The most I've enjoyed an Arthurian retelling in a long time. I never felt like I knew exactly where we were going, which meant I stayed hooked'

A Medievalist Reads

'There's a wealth of imagination on show here'

Cheryl Morgan, Salon Futura

'A brilliant world not quite like anything I've ever seen before. It's strange, and delightfully different, and it's so beautifully cohesive. I loved every moment of it. It's unquestionably one of the best books of the year'

Every Book a Doorway

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The Graces


'The Graces demands to be read twice: the first time for the suspense; the second for the subtleties you missed initially. Eve’s rich story is about the kind of magic that comes from spells and the kind that comes from those moments when the present feels right and the future full of possibility'

The New York Times

'the plot suddenly grows giant bat wings and flaps into full-on weirdness. The final twist might divide readers, but Eve's writing compels'

Financial Times

'Eve's writing is rich, welcoming and brilliantly unexpected'


'An atmospheric thriller with a twist'


'The Graces will have you turning the pages all night'

Irish Independent

'Part-The Craft and part-Practical Magic with a wild twist, The Graces will put some powerful magic on the reader'


'An equally fun and stunning paranormal pageturner'


'Everything about The Graces is as magnetic as the North Pole... add to this a series of twists that slowly but surely build to a stunning climax and boy, is this a treat'

SFX Magazine

'The fascinating thing about this book is that underneath all the dark themes and magic, it is ultimately about belonging and judgement. This well-paced, beautifully written book is about flawed characters trying to understand themselves'

Romantic Times

'Addictive and haunting... the rich writing easily captivates, and an ominous feeling hovers over each chapter. THE GRACES brings the all-consuming nature of magic to the page, and readers will be devouring each chapter on bated breath'

YA Books Central

'Highly readable, something that a writer deserves praise for... a creepy little story, told deceptively easily, one that will leave many young readers wanting to go back to the start, or wanting another novel to soon follow'

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Fearsome Dreamer


'Hugely ambitious and imaginative’

The Guardian

'One of the most seductive and exciting fantasy worlds I've encountered... I devoured it'

Matt Haig

A truly original book that will fascinate fantasy lovers'

Books For Keeps

'A fantastic debut by an exciting new author'

We Love This Book

'An unquestionably ambitious and imaginative debut novel - escapists will cherish'

Realm of Fiction

'Laure Eve wraps up her debut series in style, and I truly can't wait to see what she'll do next'

A Fantastical Librarian

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