Jaine Fenn

Jaine Fenn is a British science fiction author (with a fantasy twist). Born to middle-class parents in England, she wrote her first novel at seven, typing on her father's typewriter and illustrating it in felt tip pen. It wasn't SF, but it did feature characters having an improbably difficult time. Aged nine she found a copy of A Wizard of Earthsea in a gift shop, and discovered the world of fantastical literature.

Jaine Fenn books reviewed


Hidden Empire

  • Principles of Angels (2008)
  • Consorts of Heaven (2009)
  • Guardians of Paradise (2010)
  • Bringer of Light (2011)
  • Downside Girls (2012)
    The floating city of Kesh rests above the uninhabitable planet of Vellern. For the Topsiders life is about luxury and opulence, while for those of the Undertow day to day survival takes precedence. Kesh City is a democracy by assassination, where the Angels - deadly state-sponsored killers - remove those unworthy to hold office. When Vanna Agriet accidentally spills her drink over an Angel it could spell death, but instead it leads to a rather peculiar friendship. The downsider Geal hopes for a better life topside, only to find herself embroiled in a 'removal' by the Angel Thiera. Downside, Isha's brother Rakul brings a little black box home with him, and sets Isha on a journey that takes her to a meeting with the most powerful man in Kesh City. Larnia Mier, a talented topside musician and instructor, is injured after witnessing a removal first-hand. As her abilities diminish, new possibilities open up.