Helen Corcoran

I’m Helen Corcoran, and I’m a writer and former bookseller living in Dublin, Ireland. There’s never enough coffee to drink, chocolate to eat, or books to own (though the limitations of my flat say otherwise).

My debut YA fantasy Queen of Coin and Whispers is out now from The O’Brien Press!

The sequel, Daughter of Winter and Twilight, will be published on September 4th 2023!

Photo by Steve Langan at City Headshots


‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied QueenofCoinandWhispersblade’

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.

Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other…

‘Elegant and clever … a treasure chest of a fantasy debut, as rich in well-drawn characters as it is in treachery, secrets and desire … I couldn’t stop reading.’ 

— Samantha Shannon
NYT and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series  and The Priory of the Orange Tree

In this novel marked with twists and betrayals, it is not safe to trust anyone until the final page.

— Forward Reviews, ⭐️ starred review