Spotlight on “Scarlet” by Genevieve Cogman

by LitStack Editor

Genevieve Cogman’s Scarlet takes readers to 18th-century Europe. Aristocratic society has welcomed vampires into its community of elites. A vampire lady’s maid, Eleanor, bears a striking resemblance to the Queen of France, headed for the guillotine. With a lighter tone to this historical fantasy, Scarlet makes for a fun page-turner set apart from any other vampire titles in the genre.


Title: Scarlet
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Publisher: Ace Trade Paperback
Launch Date: May 9, 2023

About Scarlet

Revolution is a bloodthirsty business . . . especially when vampires are involved.

It is 1793 and the French Revolution is in full swing. Vampires—usually rich and aristocratic—have slaked the guillotine’s thirst in large numbers. The mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, a disguised British noble, and his League are heroically rescuing dozens of aristocrats from execution, both human and vampire. And soon they will have an ace up their sleeve: Eleanor Dalton.

Eleanor is working as a housemaid on the estate of a vampire Baroness. Her highest aspiration is to one day become a modiste. But when the Baroness hosts a mysterious noble and his wife, they tell Eleanor she is the spitting image of a French aristocrat, and they convince her to journey to France to aid them in a daring scheme. Soon, Eleanor finds herself in Paris, swept up in magic and intrigue—and chaos—beyond her wildest dreams. But there’s more to fear than ardent revolutionaries. For Eleanor stumbles across a centuries-old war between vampires and their fiercest enemy. And they’re out for blood.

The first book in a wildly engaging new series from Genevieve Cogman, which reinvents the beloved tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Praise for Scarlet

“Utterly stunning. The intrigue and adventure keep you turning the page in this exciting tale of revolution, vampires and the guillotine. Cogman writes with beauty and wit to create a heroine we should all root for.”—T.L. Huchu, Author of The Library of the Dead

“You don’t need to be familiar with the tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel to enjoy this romp through revolutionary France. The light-hearted adventure is complimented by a commentary on the poisonous class system of the late eighteenth century, and – as a maid – protagonist Eleanor’s voice rises poignantly above the brasher tones of her privileged companions. If you appreciate a solid historical setting and have a soft spot for vampires, you’ll enjoy this first book in what promises to be an intriguing trilogy.”—Lucy Holland, Author of Sistersong

About Genevieve Cogman

genevieve cogman author of scarlet

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the National Health Service in England as a clinical classifications specialist. She is the author of the Invisible Library series, including “The Mortal World,” “The Lost Plot,” “The Burning Page,” “The Masked City,” and “The Invisible Library.”

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