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andlt;b andgt;In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of andlt;i andgt;Drink, Slay, Loveandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyanaand#8217;s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyanaand#8217;s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a godand#8217;s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster godand#8217;s tale.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fateand#8212;or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

Review:

"In this powerful and melancholy fantasy, Liyana, a child of the desert, does not rebel against her fate as a vessel — a human whose mind is destined to die so that a goddess may occupy her body. Though Liyana is obedient, and her ritual performance is flawless, the goddess does not come, and her nomadic clan abandons her as unworthy. Unsure whether to try to live, she is still crouched at the empty campsite when a handsome, unearthly boy steps out of the sands. Korbyn claims to be one of the manifested gods and says that five of his kindred have been trapped, their rightful vessels left empty. He asks Liyana to help him gather the other vessels and right the wrong. Though this means death for her, Liyana remains dutiful and joins his quest. With strong folklore elements, a striking setting, and thoroughly imagined characters, Durst (Drink Slay Love) has woven a story that does not shy from the bawdy, violent, or pragmatic realities of life. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of young adult novels Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice, as well as middle grade novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild. She has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times, forandnbsp;Vessel, Ice, and Into the Wild. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. The Lost, The Missing, and The Found are Sarah's first novels for adults. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442423763
Author:
Durst, Sarah Beth
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
gods; fortune; bildungsroman; goddess; vessel; Sarah Durst; award winner; best book; magic; fantasy; desert; multicultural; trickster
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt--NO sfx
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 432 pages Margaret K. McElderry Books - English 9781442423763 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this powerful and melancholy fantasy, Liyana, a child of the desert, does not rebel against her fate as a vessel — a human whose mind is destined to die so that a goddess may occupy her body. Though Liyana is obedient, and her ritual performance is flawless, the goddess does not come, and her nomadic clan abandons her as unworthy. Unsure whether to try to live, she is still crouched at the empty campsite when a handsome, unearthly boy steps out of the sands. Korbyn claims to be one of the manifested gods and says that five of his kindred have been trapped, their rightful vessels left empty. He asks Liyana to help him gather the other vessels and right the wrong. Though this means death for her, Liyana remains dutiful and joins his quest. With strong folklore elements, a striking setting, and thoroughly imagined characters, Durst (Drink Slay Love) has woven a story that does not shy from the bawdy, violent, or pragmatic realities of life. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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