ALLISON SAFT at Books Inc. Alameda

Author image Allison Saft and cover photo of her book A Fragile Enchantment

YA@Books Inc. proudly welcomes local author Allison Saft to Books Inc. Alameda in celebration of her newest YA novel, A Fragile Enchantment. (Ages 14+)

In this romantic fantasy of manners from New York Times bestselling author Allison Saft, a magical dressmaker commissioned for a royal wedding finds herself embroiled in scandal when a gossip columnist draws attention to her undeniable chemistry with the groom.

Niamh Ó Conchobhair has never let herself long for more. The magic in her blood that lets her stitch emotions and memories into fabric is the same magic that will eventually kill her. Determined to spend the little time she has left guaranteeing a better life for her family, Niamh jumps at the chance to design the wardrobe for a royal wedding in the neighboring kingdom of Avaland.

But Avaland is far from the fairytale that she imagined. While young nobles attend candlelit balls and elegant garden parties, unrest brews amid the working class. The groom himself, Kit Carmine, is prickly, abrasive, and begrudgingly being dragged to the altar as a political pawn. But when Niamh and Kit grow closer, an unlikely friendship blossoms into something more--until an anonymous gossip columnist starts buzzing about their chemistry, promising to leave them alone only if Niamh helps to uncover the royal family's secrets. The rot at the heart of Avaland runs deep, but exposing it could risk a future she never let herself dream of, and a love she never thought possible.

Transporting readers to a Regency England-inspired fantasy world, A Fragile Enchantment is a sweeping romance threaded with intrigue, unforgettable characters, and a love story for the ages.


"Saft expertly weaves together magic, political intrigue, and slow-burn romance in this evocative fantasy... Fans of both Regency romances and alternate-Earth fantasies will find much to pour over in this sweeping read." -Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Fans of Regency romances will revel in this fantastical affair." - Kirkus Reviews

"Fantasy of manners at its very height. A Fragile Enchantment brims with longing: between the bantering characters and in their desires for a better world. Allison Saft has a talent for dynamics you'll adore." -- Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

"This delightful novel weaves together the romance and passion of a Regency romance with the magic, whimsy, and heart of a Ghibli film. I was left utterly enchanted." - Axie Oh, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

"Achingly romantic and full of heart....Saft proves that her ability to craft a heart-wrenching, healing love story is unparalleled. Like Niamh's enchanted gowns, Saft's story is woven with a kind of magic that keeps you in the palm of her hands from the first page to the very last." - Courtney Gould, author of Where Echoes Die

"Full of gorgeous prose, a captivating magic system, and lovable yet deeply flawed characters...Come for a romantic Bridgerton-esque escape into a beautiful fantasy world, but be prepared for danger, intrigue, and incisive political commentary at every turn." -- Jamie Pacton, award-winning author of The Vermilion Emporium and The Absinthe Underground


Allison Saft is the New York Times and indie bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic and Down Comes the Night. After receiving her MA in English Literature from Tulane University, she moved from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast, where she spends her time rolling on eight wheels and practicing aerial silks.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
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ISBN: 9781250892836
Availability: Coming Soon - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
Published: Wednesday Books - January 2nd, 2024