2014 Bisexual Book Award Winner for Speculative Fiction
2014 Rainbow List Selection
R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
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"Pantomime is almost guaranteed to win awards, as well as being banned in places it most desperately needs to be read...Bravo, Ms. Lam. A stellar debut performance. Take a bow."
-Jessica Nelson, Alwayssunmended
"Pantomime is not only an amazing story, but an important one. You're not wowed because of the world building, the mythology behind the chimaera and the Alders, or the cliff-hanger ending - which are all incredible - but by the truly beautiful, enthralling people we find in Micah and Gene. There's is a story that needs to be told, and that everyone should read. A completely eye-opening, enthralling debut, and I can't thank Lam enough for writing it. Another book to add to the favourites list."
- Once Upon a Bookcase
"It’s a brave book and one that deserves to be read by a wide audience. I hope it will readjust some people’s prejudices; to make them stop and think that we are all human beings with feelings and some things we just can’t help. It’s a refreshing take on running away to join the circus…and other things that I really can’t tell you about. You’ll just have to read it next year!"
- Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
"Pantomime is a dark, gritty world where all the fun of the fair can turn sinister at any time."
- Hannah, My Book Journey
"I think everyone should be reading this. I’m a firm believer the best fiction is that which is thought provoking without even appearing to try. Laura Lam has not only achieved this most difficult of tasks, she has managed to make it look effortless. Even now, days after finishing the book I’m still think about it."
- The Eloquent Page
“A fantastic read, a stunning debut and a jaw dropping secret! I cannot wait for book two.”
-Kirsty, The Overflowing Library
“ I actually stayed up to the early hours of the morning because I just needed to know what was going to happen...Pantomime is a fascinating, exciting, thought provoking, colourful read.”
-Leanne, District YA
“If there’s ever a book that you need to rush out and pre-order this is it...Pantomime is quite possibly one of the best fantasies of its type I have read this year.”
“Read Pantomime and know what good fantasy can be: intricate, heartbreaking and heartwarming. The best new book I’ve read this year.”
“Pantomime has all the magic and mystery of The Night Circus...“
Maria M. Elmvang
"In Micah, the author has created a protagonist like none other I have come across in YA fiction. It really is the perfect escapism."
"But Pantomime couldn't have been as good as it was if not for Lam's lyrical yet clear writing. She didn't bother saving us from any detail, be it gory or not. The same could be said for her world-building, which was just the way I like it: subtle but precise."
"Pantomime is definitely a debut to remember. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this! It may be slightly uncomfortable for some people, but I loved that Laura Lam has the guts to write openly about a subject like this, while simultaneously embedding magic and fantasy into the novel."
-City of Books
Laura Lam crafted a completely refreshing and original tale that I would want to read again and again.
-My Life As A Pancake
"Pantomime by Laura Lam took me to an exotic and detailed world, peopled by characters that I'd love to be friends with...and some I'd never want to cross paths with."
-Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer Trilogy
“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomimeis a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
– Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress, and Adaptation
“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in its detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’ Robin Hobb…”
- Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury and winner of the 2012 Leeds Book Award
“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
- Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series
“Who hasn’t dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam’s Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author.”
- Brian Katcher, author of Almost Perfect and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award
“In PANTOMIME, Laura Lam has created a world which will take your breath away, and characters you will never want to leave. Enchanting.”
- Lou Morgan, author of Blood and Feathers
“A lyrical, stunningly written debut novel, which set my heart racing with every lift of the trapeze. In Micah we have one of the most original – and likeable – protagonists I’ve read in a long time. An author to watch, without a doubt.”
- Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow
Nominated for the 2014 ALA Rainbow list.