Synopses & Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelinas black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their familys good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fevers survivors are rumored to possess more than just scarsthey are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but its Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like theyve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldnt belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
"Carson debuts with a smart, complex fantasy with stellar characters, first in a planned trilogy. Even though she bears the mysterious and rare Godstone, 16-year-old Princess Elisa has been a disappointment to her family and country. Plain, overweight, and unmotivated, she is content to wed a handsome neighboring king to cement an alliance. After an arduous journey to her new home, Elisa arrives to find that her husband wants to keep their status hidden. But there are more pressing concerns the enemy is preparing to invade, and Elisa is kidnapped. As she is thrust into a fight for survival on the borders of her new kingdom, Elisa is hunted by dark magicians and must piece together clues to fulfill her divine decree. Elisa is a sensational heroine, striving to fulfill her potential under perilous circumstances, while realistically growing in resourcefulness, inner strength, and intelligence. The odd nature of the Godstone (which is embedded in Elisa's stomach) may occasionally pull some readers out of the story, but Carson's mature writing style, thoughtful storytelling, appealing characters, and surprising twists add up to a page-turner with broad appeal. Ages 12 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Distinctive for its luminous prose, its hint of romance, and Elisa, a strong, smart heroine that readers will truly fall in love with.” Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief
“A delicious debut.” Paolo Bacigalupi, Printz Award-winning author of Ship Breaker
“Set in intrigue-filled courts, battlefields, and windswept deserts, this riveting fantasy tests its heroines limits as she struggles to fulfill a destiny wrapped in an ancient mystery. A breathtaking adventure in a fascinating, richly-drawn world.” Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood
“I stayed up until 2AM reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended.” Veronica Roth, author of the best-selling Divergent
“Elisa is a wonderful, believable hero, the kind that every reader can imagine as herself. I charged through the book in two days, savoring Elisas realness and her unique, wonderful world! Engrossing.” Tamora Pierce, author of New York Times bestseller Bloodhound
“Rae Carsons heroine is a perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I loved her.” Megan Whalen Turner, author of the Newbery Honor Book, THE THIEF
“I LOVED this book! Its a transformation story that both teens and adults can believe in. Rae Carson has delivered a unique magical system and built a world with strong series potential.” Cinda Williams Chima,author of the best-selling Seven Realms series
“With The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YAs best writers of high fantasy.” Locus
“Intoxicating . . . Readers will find themselves immersed in this world and believing it.” Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Hahn writes with such beauty and persuasion that she could make me believe in anything. She writes the sort of prose you give yourself to willingly. This is a rare and special book, a magical book; Ive been searching for it and didnt even know it.”
—Kristin Cashore, New York Times best-selling author of Graceling and Bitterblue
“Rebecca Hahn captures that elusive sense of an experience just out of reach—a memory, a dream, a voice in the woods, a road not taken. I love the book and hope she dreams up many more.”
—Franny Billingsley, National Book Award finalist for Chime
* "In Hahn's polished, confident debut, the daughter of a runaway princess and a dragon comes of age...this profound and original story feels like a long-lost classic fairy tale."
—Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"This debut novel is abundant with both magical images and realistic family conflict, melding them into a compelling story."
"This book's greatest strength lies in the vivid woodland scenes and the rich detail that describes the mystical pieces of Marni's tale."
—School Library Journal
* "A dreamlike, poetic fantasy bildungroman explores the power of choice and the meaning of home...Hahn's debut is cumulatively stunning"
—Kirkus, starred review
"Told in a languorous, breathy first-person narrative, Hahn's debut novel follows tenacious Marni as she tries to find a home between to vastly different worlds."
* "This is fairy-tale fantasy as its best, with evocative prose and simple storytelling deftly conveying a powerful emotional core that will haunt readers long after the pages end."
—Bulletin, starred review
"An eloquent story about free will, the meaning of home, and love's varied forms."
—Horn Book Magazine
Praise for Marie Lus The Young Elites:
A New York Times bestseller!
Five starred reviews!
An Amazon Best Book of 2014 - Teen and Young Adult!
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014!
“Lu pivots from the ‘coming of age via romance formula to pry apart the many emotions that pass under the rubric of love… Theres nothing easy here, for Adelina or readers—there are no safe places where the pressures of betrayal, death threats, and rejection arent felt.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Readers should prepare to be captivated—and to look forward to a continuation of the Young Elites series.”—Booklist, starred review
“A must for fans of…totally immersive fantasies.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy from Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), in a world where ‘fear is power. … The overriding epic fantasy will keep readers hooked for book two, which teases to be a game-changer. Bring it on.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“The taut, tightly packed narrative provides an engaging mix of pulse-quickening fight scenes, heart-stopping near escapes, touching interpersonal interludes, and devastating betrayals.” —BCCB, starred review
“Lu weaves her magic across the page as she unfolds the story of Adelina and the Young Elites. Nothing is as it is expected.”—VOYA
“Lu seamlessly melds an unforgettable and intoxicating historical fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist that grapples with an issue experienced by all young adults—acceptance of ones self… Lus new series will be a surefire hit with old and new fans alike.”—School Library Journal
“By permitting her characters some grand failures, she raises the stakes in the best way possible…There is clearly more to know, and I look forward to it. This is a world worth revisiting.”—The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Circle of Stones:
"[H]aunting . . . vividly written . . . [S]wift pacing and frequent character shifts will sweep readers along to the final convergence of these stories."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Fisher intricately weaves a haunting story about choices, perception, and greed . . . unlike anything else on the young adult market."—School Library Journal
"Fishers compelling mystery subtly evokes ancient magic and a satisfying discovery of personal strength, all at once."—Booklist
Praise for Obsidian Mirror:
* “A spell-binding maze of mystery-filled pages full of unexpected twists and turns that will draw readers in . . . combines time travel, the fey or faeries, and a future in ruins with potent success… Fans of Kady Cross, Cassandra Clare, and Doctor Who will be enthralled with this must-read title.”—VOYA, starred review
"Fisher effectively alternates brooding mystery with thrilling action. This blend of science fiction and fantasy is certified fresh."—Booklist
"Punctuated with narrow-escape scenes and, in its time-travel plot, hints at thinking about how acts of the present impinge on the future."—Horn Book
"Readers will be dazzled, captivated, and desperate for the next installment."—Kirkus
"Intense and worthy of the fantasy, mystery, science fiction genre."—Library Media Connection
“With an impressive cast of intriguing characters and interwoven plotlines, this marvelous novel blends science fiction, fantasy, time travel, mystery, and adventure. Fisher deftly crafts each scene to create a gradually emerging puzzle with lots of tiny pieces…Those who loved the genre-mixing fun of Colfers Artemis Fowl will find this to be right up their alley.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Brilliantly disconcerting, scary and superbly written by the leading lady of British fantasy."—London Times
"An engrossing, enthralling fiction."—New York Times
"Mightily entertaining . . . whether Kontis tells the tales of other Woodcutter children or not, readers will await her next with joyful anticipation."
"Fans of the television show Once Upon a Time will definitely enjoy this fractured fairy tale that references many well-known stories."
—School Library Journal
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and cant see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And hes not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic,are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his peoplessavior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesnt die young.
Most of the chosen do.
The first book in the acclaimed and award winning New York Times
bestselling trilogy. The Girl of Fire and Thorns
is a remarkable novel full of adventure, sorcery, heartbreak, and power. "I stayed up until two a.m. reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended."—Veronica Roth, author of the best-selling Divergent series
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can't see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn't die young. Most of the chosen do. "A page-turner with broad appeal."—Publishers Weekly
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A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.
As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile—but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.
Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by a Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho cant solve for x to save her lifeso instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.
When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizensincluding its beloved GuardianRho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the Houses new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.
Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchusthe exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legendhas returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rhoalong with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guardmust travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.
But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?
Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.
Three interwoven, spine-tingling historical thrillers from the New York Times
bestselling author of Incarceron.
Suspense, mysticism, and history encircle three separate but related narratives in this fantasy novel. Today, Sulis, a teenage girl with a mysterious past, arrives in Bath with a new identity, trailed by the person she's trying to outrun. In 1740, Zac is apprenticed to an architect obsessed with Druidic mysteries, but has his own secretand destructiveagenda. In ancient England, a druid king discovers the healing waters of a magical spring, where he founds a great city, and the heart of Fishers story. Through each voice, the mysteries are revealed, linking Sulis, Zac, and the king through the circles of time.
An intoxicating blend of fairy tale magic, lively wit, and romance spice up this companion novel to Enchanted.
Rough-and-tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?" As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.
About the Author
Rae Carson is the author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom. Locus, the premier magazine for science fiction and fantasy, proclaimed, "Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA's best writers of high fantasy." The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a finalist for the Morris YA Debut Award and one of ALA's Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Rae Carson dabbled in many things, from teaching to corporate sales to customer service, before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. You can follow her on Twitter.