The Conductors

The Conductors

A compelling debut by a new voice in fantasy fiction, The Conductors features the magic and mystery of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files written with the sensibility and historical setting of Octavia Butler’s Kindred: Introducing Hetty Rhodes, a magic-user and former conductor on the Underground Railroad who now solves crimes in post–Civil War Philadelphia.

As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband Benjy have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.

In this vibrant and original novel, Nicole Glover joins a roster of contemporary writers within fantasy, such as Victor LaValle and Zen Cho, who use speculative fiction to delve into important historical and cultural threads.

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    The Conductors Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    3.5 stars "Who are you people?" Elle stammered. "You summon birds, walk into gunfire with little pause, and make people vanish into the air."Hetty held out a hand to the girl, much as she'd done many ...

  • Fran

    1858. Boykin Farm, South Carolina. Hetty (soon to be Hetty Rhodes) was the best seamstress in the county. Her Mistress gained favor by lending her out to neighbors. Hetty was forced to wear a collar a...

  • Emetis

    DNF at 30%A big thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an uncorrected proof of this book, in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book. I can’t ...

  • Carolyn

    This novel has an interesting fantasy element in the story of two ex-slaves who act as conductors for the Underground Railway in the 1860s, helping other slaves escape to the North. They are able to u...

  • Thistle & Verse

    With a witty and opinionated protagonist, creative magical system, and historical references, there's a lot to love about The Conductors. Full review here:

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ?

    CW - (view spoiler)[Slavery, period-related racism (including racist slurs), violence, torture, death of a loved one, mention of miscarriage, discrimination and bigotry (hide spoiler)]Have you ever re...

  • The Artisan Geek

    29/11/19So intrigues by the premise! A black murder mystery set after the civil war, about former conductors of the underground railroad, featuring black elites AND it's fantasy?! Wild. Going to have ...

  • Mara

    This is a hard one to rate for me, because there are a lot of interesting elements going on in this book that intrigued me and I thought were successful. The premise (murder mystery in post-Civil War ...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Hetty and Benjy Rhodes were once Underground Railroad conductors, using courage and a touch of magic to bring dozens of people to safety in the north. With the Civil War over, Hetty is still focused o...

  • charlotte, ( of readsrainbow)

    On my blog. Actual rating 4.5Rep: Black cast, gay characters, trans side characterCWs: period typical racism, descriptions of slavery, murder, goreGalley provided by publisherYou know when you make...