Sneak Peek: House of Hollow

“I was 10 years old the first time I realized I was strange.Around midnight, a woman dressed in white slipped throughmy bedroom window and cut out a lock of my hair with sewingscissors. I was awake the whole time, tracking her in the dark, sofrozen by fear that I couldn’t... More

The Unsolved Mysteries that Inspired House of Hollow

At the heart of House of Hollow is an infamous (albeit fictional) unsolved mystery: What happened to the Hollow sisters? Ten years ago on New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh, three girls – Grey, 11, Vivi, 9 and Iris, 7 – disappeared from under their parents’ watchful gaze. One month later,... More

The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday SNEAK PEEK

PROLOGUE They had tried to destroy the Will, but that proved to be beyond their power. So they broke it, in two ways. It was broken physically, torn apart, with the fragments of heavy parchment scattered across both space and time. It was broken in spirit because not one clause... More

Into the Crooked Place Recap

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember everything that’s happened in a series so far! That’s why we’ve got a handy recap to remind you of everything that went down in Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo, so you’re refreshed and ready to dive into the magic of City of Spells.... More

10 Incredible Books with LGBTQIA+ Representation

This LGBTQIA+ History month we wanted to share some of our favourite books with LGBTQIA+ representation. Here’s our list of 10 Hot Key books which celebrate and explore LGBTQIA+ stories. This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson is a funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender... More

Rachel Burge | Norse Mythology

I’ve always had an interest in mythology, but I only really discovered the Norse gods when I did a tarot course with Maddy Elruna. I’m fascinated by the tarot and love the layers of symbolism depicted in the cards. Much the same way that mythic stories explore archetypal roles and... More

A Crown of Talons Pre-Order Competition

Pre-order your copy of A Crown of Talons by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, and email your proof of purchase to for the chance to win a signed bookplate and one of the below A Throne of Swans Badges!   Entries close 7th January 2021, and are limited to fifty... More

Sneak Peek: A Crown of Talons

PrologueWinter has caged my kingdom in ice.For the last month the snow has been relentless: an endless fall of frozen feathers, too thick to fly through. The glass-panelled octagon of the great hall creaks with the white weight of it. But this evening, at least temporarily, the clouds have dispersed,... More

The Hot Key Ambassador’s Book Picks of 2020

We have published so many amazing books this year, so we couldn’t pick just some to recommend to you this Christmas. So we asked our Hot Key Ambassadors to tell us their favourite book of the Hot Key Year, read on to see what they said (and find your next... More

The Crooked Pumpkin Competition T&Cs

Terms & Conditions To receive give-away prize, contestant must have complied with the rules as set out by the competition runner. Only one entry per person. This competition is open to UK and Ireland residents 16+, or with parental permission and with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their... More

Spooky YA Book Recommendations

One of the big misconceptions about young adult books that even I held until I started reading more of them is that they can’t scare you. BOY was I wrong. From murder mysteries to secret societies, young adult books manage to be just as scary, just without some of the... More