Sneak Peek: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

  For Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had… until she’s betrayed. Thorn by Intisar Khanani is a magical slow-burn romance, based on The Goose Girl fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. We wanted to share a little sneak peek of this gorgeous YA fantasy with you…   “What do... More

Series to Start in Self-Isolation

    Some say that self-isolation is the best time for binge-reading; and what’s better than a big, juicy series to keep you occupied! We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Hot Key series, to give you a little bit of inspiration for that TBR pile…  ... More

Writing Adaptations: Intisar Khanani

  How to Write a Fairytale Adaptation: A Tutorial Comprised of Five Faulty Assumptions   Start with a tightly crafted storyline that has stood the test of time – a fairy tale! Look, I love fairytales as much as the next person (possibly more), but if there’s one thing a... More

Sneak Peek: Fight Like a Girl by Sheena Kamal

Rule number one of being a woman from Trinidad: be hella fierce. Fight Like a Girl by Sheena Kameel is a fierce, powerful and compulsive new contemporary YA novel, and it’s out now! We wanted to share a teaser from the book with you to give you a taste of Trisha... More

Badass Women in YA Books

At Hot Key we can’t resist a book with an amazing, rule-breaking, game-changing female protagonist. We’ve compiled some of our favourite feminist-friendly YA reads with women who pack a punch – sometimes literally!     Fight Like a Girl by Sheena Kamal  It’s been a month since Trisha’s dad was... More

Robin Hood Pre-Order

  Pre-order your copy of Robert Muchamore’s Robin Hood for your chance to win a PS5! Simply pre-order your copy of Robin Hood: Hacking, Heists and Flaming Arrows and email with your proof of purchase to be in with a chance to win. The closing date to enter is the... More

Brambles: A Thorn Short Story

  Truth and consequences are at play, as a princess must weigh up the full price of kindness… Princess Alyrra has always felt out of place at court and detached from her family – but when her friend goes one step too far for the sake of petty vengeance, Alyrra... More

Thorn Pre-Order

  “A quietly profound and beautiful fairytale retelling that I’ll be recommending for years.” – S.A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass   On March 24th we published the magical Thorn by Intisar Khanani. To celebrate, we’re offering some amazing Thorn goodies to everyone who who pre-orders/orders a copy of Thorn... More

Writing Adaptations: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

  Supposedly, there are only seven types of story in the world, which means that most of us writers – most of the time – must be adapting a pre-existing story. Retellings (of Jane Austen, Greek myths and fairy tales, to give just a few examples) are deservedly popular. But of... More

Writing in partnership: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

  We asked Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, co-authors of A Throne of Swans, to give us some insider information on how they write together…   Liz: Both of us have been writing since we were young. I remember producing a lot of (pretty cringeworthy) fan fiction. Kate: Me too! Tolkien... More

A Throne of Swans – Sneak Peek

  The most thrilling fantasy you’ll read this year is out now.    A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, authors of The Witches Kiss Trilogy, is a brilliant new fantasy novel publishing TODAY!   To celebrate, we wanted to share an extract from the book with you... More

Behind the Scenes: A Throne of Swans Cover

  “Now my Father is dead, I am the only swan here. And I do not fly…” A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr is a brilliant new fantasy novel and the start of an irresistible duology set in a world where the flightless are ruled by those... More

Throne of Swans Pre-Order

    A dark and glittering fairytale to make your heart take flight – Vic James On January 9th 2020, we will be publishing a brilliant new fantasy novel from the authors of The Witches Kiss trilogy.  A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr is the start of... More