Synopses & Reviews
Cassel comes from a family of curse workersand#8212;people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, all by the slightest touch of their hands. Since curse work is illegal, theyand#8217;re all criminals. But not Cassel. He hasnand#8217;t got the magic touch, so heand#8217;s an outsiderand#8212;the straight kid in a crooked familyand#8212;as long as you ignore one small detail: He killed his best friend, Lila. Now he is sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat. He also notices that his brothers are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect heand#8217;s part of one huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.
This novel is eerie and dark, with terrifying secrets and evil plots. Black weaves a beautiful world where magic exists and is feared. You'll see how backstabbing your loved ones is just as easy as loving them. This starter to a sure-to-be-a-hit series shouldn't be missed.
Summary: Curse working is illegal, and curse workers are branded as scoundrels and con artists. Cassel is the only one in his family who's not a curse worker. Although he's the "straight" kid in a cursed family, he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago. How he's having terrifying dreams of a white cat and suspects a secret plot between his brothers. He'll have to unravel his past to out-con the people he thought he knew best. — ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEWS, May 2010
"Dangerously, darkly gorgeous fantasy." - Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series
andlt;divandgt;* "Fans of the author will revel in the sophisticated
andlt;divandgt;"A noir thriller." - andlt;Iandgt;New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/divandgt;
* "Fans of the author will revel in the sophisticated and slightly-more-realistic-than-usual approach, . . . fascinating and carefully developed characters, and lush setting descriptions." - andlt;iandgt;BCCBandlt;/iandgt;, starred review
"A noir thriller." - andlt;Iandgt;New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/Iandgt;
White Cat introduces Holly Black's new world! Cassel has always known he killed Lila, but now the pieces are starting not to fit.
About the Author
Holly Black is the bestselling author of the Spiderwick series. Her Modern Faerie Tales series is comprised of Tithe, which was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews; Valiant, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Locus Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New York Times bestseller. White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers trilogy, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and BCCB. Red Glove, the second book in the Curse Workers trilogy, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The final book in the trilogy, Black Heart, will be available in spring 2012. Holly has also written a collection of short stories, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit Holly at blackholly.com.