Anne Lyle

Looking for stories about thieves, spies and other ne'er-do-wells? Maybe you like your fantasy with a side-order of LGBTQ characters or a light sprinkle of romance and sexytimes? If so, you've come to the right place!

The Night's Masque trilogy

When down-at-heel swordsman Mal Catlyn is hired as bodyguard to a mysterious ambassador from the New World, he finds himself caught in a web of intrigue that stretches from Queen Elizabeth's court to the seedy theatre district of Southwark.

Orphan Coby Hendricks has been scraping a respectable living by disguising herself as a boy and working for one of Southwark's theatre companies. But working with Mal opens her eyes to new possibilities that pose a painful dilemma: resume her identity as a woman, or follow an exciting new career as a spy for Queen Elizabeth?

"With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting."
Publishers Weekly

Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Best Newcomer Award 2013

The Alchemist of Souls · The Merchant of Dreams · The Prince of Lies