Charlotte Strong

Fantasy Author

About Me

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Charlotte Strong is a British fantasy writer, represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency. When not writing, she spends her time rock climbing and filling the house with half-finished craft projects to annoy her husband.

For an interesting conversation opener, try: "Oh, you work in a library. It must be nice to sit around and read books all day..."


Kingdom of the Fallen

The island of Ferinsfarne offers freedom from past pain, its inhabitants giving up all memories of their former lives. In exchange for this peace, they now forge the weapons of war, used to fight for the land they chose to forget.

Madelaine refuses to believe that she gave up her old life willingly and is determined to tear down the blocks that hold her memories at bay. Meanwhile, Cade fights to keep his blocks from crumbling, tormented by dreams of battle, fury and a bloody sword. If either are discovered they will be taken to the fortress, to either return with their minds fully wiped, or never be heard from again.

The Queen’s Hawks

In the distant past, a doorway was opened between the human world and the Otherlands. Through this breach came the shape-shifting sohlmeru, whose illusions and strange magics allow them to spirit away human women and use them as surrogates to carry their offspring. The gods gifted humanity with magic, to fight this new enemy, and the Kingdom of Theiros formed the Queen’s Hawks, an organisation dedicated to driving the sohlmeru back.

But now, greed and politics threaten to destroy the Hawks from within, even as a new and far more human enemy lurks beyond Theiros’s eastern border. In another corner of the kingdom, a young woman is dragged off to the Otherlands on the day of her wedding, and her would-be rescuers will discover that humanity’s relationship with the sohlmeru has never been as straightforward as the priests would have them believe.

Threads of Deceit

The Empress of Eslaya is struggling to maintain control of her unruly nobles and fractured court. Her neighbours in the strictly religious and caste-structured empire of Toaku are seeking to harness the forbidden art of healing magic, against the wishes of their priests. Meanwhile, the mysterious Governor of the lawless isle of Rilmir has plots of his own, which could shake the foundations of both great empires and plunge them all into the horror of war.

The threads entwine, the lies unravel and the fates of many will be caught up in the chaos.

Books I Loved

For Children

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
  • The Phoenix and the Carpet by Enid Nesbit
  • The Five Children and It by Enid Nesbit
  • Northern Lights (His Dark Materials) by Phillip Pullman
  • Brog the Stoop by Joe Boyle
  • Dragonsbane (The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Healer’s Quest (The Renegade Sequence) by Jessica Palmer
  • The Book of Shadows (The Nightshade Chronicles) by Stan Nicholls
  • Wild Magic (The Immortals Quartet) by Tamora Pierce
  • Redwall (Redwall) by Brian Jacques
  • The Dark Portal (The Depford Mice Trilogy) by Robin Jarvis
  • The Haunting of Alizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

For Young Adults

  • The Thief (Thief of Eddis) by Megan Whelan Turner
  • Song Quest by Katherine Roberts
  • Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
  • Law of the Wolf Tower (The Claadi Journals) by Tanith Lee
  • Imperial Spy by Mark Robson
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • Dragonskin Slippers by Jessica Day George
  • The Pain Merchants by Janice Hardy
  • Silverhorse by Lene Kaaberbol
  • Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman
  • Dragonfly by Julia Golding
  • The Singer of All Songs (The Chanters of Tremaris) by Kate Contable
  • Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) by Michelle Paver
  • The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington
  • Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking) by Patrick Ness
  • The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
  • The Inferior by Peadar O Guilin

High Fantasy

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  • Daughter of the Empire by Janny Wurts
  • Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
  • The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Fairy Tales and Other Adaptations

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
  • The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern) by Shannon Hale
  • Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
  • North Child by Edith Pattou
  • Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Urban Fantasy

  • Parasite Positive by Scott Westerfeld
  • Tithe (Modern Tale of Faerie) by Holly Black
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Science Fiction

  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers