Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski

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Baltasar Infante, a bookmaker’s apprentice living in 1492 Spain, can weasel out of any problem with a good story. But when he awakes one night to find a monster straight out of the stories peering at him through his window, he’s in trouble that even he can’t talk his way out of. Soon Baltasar is captured by a mysterious arm of the Spanish Inquisition, the Malleus Maleficarum, that demands he reveal the whereabouts of Amir al-Katib, a legendary Moorish sorcerer who can bring myths and the creatures within them to life. Baltasar doesn’t know where the man is—or that he himself has the power to summon genies and golems.

Baltasar must escape, find al-Katib, and defeat a dreadful power that may destroy the world. As Baltasar’s journey takes him into uncharted lands on Columbus’s voyage westward, he learns that stories are more powerful than he once believed them to be—and much more dangerous.
 

About Shana Mlawski

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SHANA MLAWSKI is a native New Yorker who writes educational materials and tutors middle and high school students. She has written more than a hundred articles for the pop culture website OverthinkingIt.com, some of which have been featured in The Atlantic Monthly, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Ms. magazine. She graduated cum laude from Yale with a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing, and received a master's in education from Columbia University Teachers College. Hammer of Witches is her first novel.
 
Published April 11, 2013 by Tu Books. 389 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An engaging, magical adventure set against the historical backdrop of Columbus' westward voyage.

Mar 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Hammer of Witches

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Stories come alive in this rousing historical fantasy, which is set against the backdrop of 15th-century Europe and Columbus’s famous first voyage to the New World. Baltasar Infante has grown up liste

Mar 04 2013 | Read Full Review of Hammer of Witches

Gr 9 Up—Mlawski is creative and daring in her YA debut, blending genres to craft an informative and literary historical fantasy. Raised in 15th-century Spain by his aunt and uncle, Baltasar has no knowledge of his parents' legend. His favorite tales glorify his hero, Amir al-Katib, the renowned M...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Hammer of Witches

Gr 9 Up—Mlawski is creative and daring in her YA debut, blending genres to craft an informative and literary historical fantasy. Raised in 15th-century Spain by his aunt and uncle, Baltasar has no knowledge of his parents' legend. His favorite tales glorify his hero, Amir al-Katib, the renowned M...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Hammer of Witches

Gr 9 Up—Mlawski is creative and daring in her YA debut, blending genres to craft an informative and literary historical fantasy. Raised in 15th-century Spain by his aunt and uncle, Baltasar has no knowledge of his parents' legend. His favorite tales glorify his hero, Amir al-Katib, the renowned M...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Hammer of Witches

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