Shadow DuetStephanie Burgis
fantasy > historical fantasy
It's been eighteen months since Baroness Charlotte von Steinbeck stepped into a carriage with the most famous castrato singer in Europe, leaving her family and her reputation behind for the sake of true love. What she and Carlo found waiting for them at the end of their first journey, though, was nothing like what they had hoped. Now they're hoping to begin a new life together in cosmopolitan London... but will they really be able to continue their forbidden duet, or will society's disapproval doom them forever?
**IMPORTANT NOTE: This short story does NOT stand alone. It follows on from the novel Masks and Shadows, which should definitely be read first.**
Stephanie Burgis was born in Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband, writer Patrick Samphire, and their children. Before becoming a fulltime writer, she studied music history as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria, and worked as a website editor for a British opera company. She has published over thirty short stories for adults. Kat, Incorrigible (US)/A Most Improper Magick (UK) won the Waverton Good Read Children’s Award in 2011 for Best Début Children’s Novel by a British writer. It was followed by Renegade Magic/A Tangle of Magicks and Stolen Magic/A Reckless Magick.
Photo by Patrick Saphire.