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Catherine Webb (born 27 April 1986) is a British author, born and raised in London. She completed her first novel, Mirror Dreams, at the age of 14 years old, and it was published two years later. Her works so far consist of:

As Catherine Webb:

  • The Mirror Dreams duology:
    • Mirror Dreams (2002)
    • Mirror Wakes (2003)
  • The Waywalkers duology
    • Waywalkers (2003)
    • Timekeepers (2004)
  • The Horatio Lyle cycle:
    • The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)
    • The Obsidian Dagger, Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)
    • The Doomsday Machine: Another Extraordinary Adventure of Horatio Lyle (2008)
    • The Dream Thief: An Extraordinary Horatio Lyle Mystery (2010)

As Kate Griffin:

  • The Matthew Swift series:
    • A Madness of Angels (2009)
    • The Midnight Mayor (2010)
    • The Neon Court (2011)
    • The Minority Council (2012)
  • The related Magicals Anonymous books, which take place in the same continuity:
    • Stray Souls (2012)
    • The Glass God (2013)

As Claire North:

Tropes relating to Catherine Webb:

  • Pen Name: Has two, 'Kate Griffin' and 'Claire North'.
  • Same Face, Different Name: Webb uses different names to work on different types of fiction. 'Kate Griffin' focuses on Urban Fantasy, while 'Claire North' tends to write about people with unusual abilities.

Tropes common in her work:

  • Death-Activated Superpower: Some of Claire North's protagonists only discover their abilities after dying:
    • Harry August's entire ability is that he lives his life over again every time he dies.
    • Kepler in Touch was stabbed and, grasping at her murderer for any human contact, accidentally jumped into his body, leaving her original body to die. Doubles as a Traumatic Superpower Awakening.
  • London: London plays a huge role in a number of her novels, especially the Matthew Swift series.
  • Urban Fantasy: The Matthew Swift and Magicals Anonymous books are built around this genre, and play with the rules of the city as the rules of magic e.g. a magical entity is unable to even jump over an Underground barrier because it doesn't have a ticket.

Alternative Title(s): Kate Griffin, Claire North