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Hoyt, Sarah A

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1962-    ) Portuguese-born author, in US from the 1980s; she has also written as by Sarah D'Almeida, Elise Hyatt, and Sarah Marques. She has focused for the most part on fantasy series, such as her first, the Shakespeare in Faerie sequence beginning with Ill Met by Moonlight (2001), in which William Shakespeare, travelling into regions he had created in his plays, encounters adventure, high risk, and romance with an elf. The Magical British Empire sequence beginning Heart of Light (2008), is Steampunk heavily textured with fantasy elements,: the protagonists encounter hidden jewels, adventures in Darkest Africa, amiable orientalism, and pirates. In The Vampire Musketeers sequence beginning with Sword & Blood (2012), the influence of Alexandre Dumas, which permeates her work in general [for more on Alexandre Dumas see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], provides a range of characters – the four Musketeers, now Vampires, dominate – and styles of venue.

Hoyt is of sf interest for the DarkShip Thieves Universe sequence beginning with DarkShip Thieves (2010), whose protagonist, bullied into Space Opera country, encounters a range of adventures befitting the interstellar venues to which her Fantastic Voyages take her; this opening novel won a Prometheus Award. Meanwhile, in the distant Near Future background of this universe, Earth can be detected needing succour from its Dystopian state. Her work is reader-friendly, and shows an easy familiarity with the SF Megatext. [JC]

Sarah de Almeida Hoyt

born Granja, Aguas Santas, Maia, Portugal: 18 November 1962

works (selected)


Shakespeare in Faerie

  • Ill Met by Moonlight (New York: Ace Books, 2001) [Shakespeare in Faerie: hb/Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys]
  • All Night Awake (New York: Ace Books, 2002) [Shakespeare in Faerie: hb/Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys]
  • Any Man So Daring (New York: Ace Books, 2003) [Shakespeare in Faerie: hb/Judy York]


Magical British Empire

DarkShip Thieves Universe

The Vampire Musketeers

  • Sword & Blood (Gaithersburg, Maryland: Prime Books, 2012) as by Sarah Marques [The Vampire Musketeers: pb/]
  • Royal Blood (Gaithersburg, Maryland: Prime Books, 2012) as by Sarah Marques [The Vampire Musketeers: pb/]

Magical Empires

  • Witchfinder (Denver, Colorado: Goldport Press, 2014) [Magical Empires: pb/]

Arcane America

  • Uncharted (New York: Baen Books, 2018) with Kevin J Anderson [Arcane America: hb/Dave Seeley]

Monster Hunter International

individual titles

collections and stories

works as editor


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