Gaie Sebold

Gaie Sebold lives in London, works for a charity, reads obsessively, gardens amateurishly, and sometimes runs around in woods hitting people with latex weapons. She has won awards for her poetry. Born in the US, she has lived in the UK most of her life. Her Babylon Steel and Dangerous Gifts books for Solaris have won her a noted place in the genre field.

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Babylon Steel

Released 27 December 2011

By Gaie Sebold


Ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, Babylon Steel runs the best brothel in the city. She’s got elves using sex magic upstairs, S&M in the basement, a green troll cooking breakfast in the kitchen, and she’d love you to visit, except…

She’s not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, her girls are disappearing, and if she can’t pay her taxes she’s going to lose her business. Despite giving up the mercenary life, when the mysterious Darask Fain pays her to find a missing heiress, she has to take the job. And then her past starts to catch up with her in other, more dangerous ways.

Babylon Steel sees the start of an exciting new fantasy series. Witty and fresh, debut author Sebold delivers the most exciting take on the fantasy genre in years.

"A unique and richly realised setting, a vivid cast, a plot that coils and divides and fakes and deceives... Ingenious, gripping, and full of pleasures on every level.  Exceptional."
 -Mike Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts

UK: 9781907992377 | 5th January 2012
US: 9781907992384 | 27th December 2011


Dangerous Gifts

Released 29 January 2014

By Gaie Sebold

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Gaie Sebold’s brilliant female character, Babylon Steel, returns – but has the warrior-turned-brothel-owner taken on a job too far?

Babylon has been offered a job. Two jobs, really: bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, a girl transformed into a figure of legend and spy for the barely-acknowledged government of Scalentine. A prime target for assassination, Babylon must somehow turn Enthemmerlee’s useless household guard into a fighting force, while dodging the oppressive Moral Statutes. All of which would be hard enough, were she not already distracted by threats to both her livelihood and those dearest to her...

Witty and fresh, Babylon Steel was the most exciting fantasy debut in years. With Dangerous Gifts, Sebold returns to her fascinating heroine and delves further into Babylon’s world of pleasure and business with a novel that will appeal to fans of action, fantasy, and pure adventure!

"Ingenious, gripping, and full of pleasures on every level. Exceptional."
Mike Carey, NYT bestselling author on Babylon Steel

"A pacy fantasy romp... an adventure painted in primary colours."
The Guardian on Babylon Steel

UK: 9781781080795 | 31st January 2013
US: 9781781080801 | 29th January 2013


Shanghai Sparrow

Released 30 April 2014

By Gaie Sebold

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The author behind fantasy romps Babylon Steel and Dangerous Gifts returns to Solaris this spring with the first book in a brand new series – Shanghai Sparrow.

Shaghai Sparrow is a tale of espionage, warring empires and thrilling exploits with a dynamic heroine, which takes Steampunk out of England and into the Far East.

 Eveline Duchen is a thief and con-artist, surviving day by day on the streets of London, where the glittering spires of progress rise on the straining backs of the poor and disenfranchised. Where the Folk, the otherworldly children of fairy tales and legends, have all but withdrawn.

Caught in an act of deception by the implacable Mr Holmforth, Evvie is offered a stark choice: transportation to the colonies, or an education – and utter commitment to Her Majesty’s Service – at Miss Cairngrim’s harsh school for female spies. But on the decadent streets of Shanghai, where the Empire’s corruption is laid bare, Holmforth is about to make a devil’s bargain, and Eveline’s choices could change the future of two worlds...

With its strong female characters and fresh take on the Steampunk genre, Shanghai Sparrow will appeal to fans of Joss Whedon and Cherie Priest.

 “…a pacy fantasy romp … an entertaining slice of fun”
-The Guardian on Babylon Steel

“Sebold has a flair for storytelling.”
-SFX on Babylon Steel

UK: 9781781081846 | 8th May 2014
US: 9781781081853 | 30th April 2014


Sparrow Falling

Released 26 July 2016

By Gaie Sebold


Master spy, former con-artist, Eveline Duchen returns in adventure set in a world of steam and magic.

Eveline Sparrow (formerly Duchen) hopes to put her past experiences as a thief and con-artist to more legitimate use; which is why some of the girls at her Sparrow School receive private lessons in burglary, fakery, and other such underhand practices.

But it’s hard to get honest work when few businesses will employ young ladies in the security professions. The duns are at the doorstep, her friend Liu the half-fox-spirit is in some sort of trouble, and the rivalries of the Folk are in danger of overspilling into the mundane world and forcing the Empire into a bloody and horrifying war. Can Eveline pull things out of the mire this time, or will the Sparrow’s wings be clipped once and for all?

UK ISBN: 9781781083826
US ISBN: 9781781083826