"Fast-moving and exciting." --School Library Journal (starred review)
"A smart, complex fantasy with stellar characters... Carson's mature writing style, thoughtful storytelling, appealing characters and surprising twists add up to a page-turner with broad appeal." --Publishers Weekly
"Elisa is a wonderful, believable hero, the kind that every reader can imagine as herself. I charged through the book in two days, savoring Elisa's realness and her unique, wonderful world! Engrossing."
- Tamora Pierce, author of New York Times bestseller Bloodhound
"A delicious debut." Paolo Bacigalupi, Printz Award-winning author of Ship Breaker
"Rae Carson's 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
“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 )
“Set in intrigue-filled courts, battlefields, and windswept deserts, this riveting fantasy tests its heroine’s 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 )
“I LOVED this book! It’s 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 best-selling The Exiled Queen )
About the Author
Rae Carson is the author of the award-winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns and its sequel The Crown of Embers. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.
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Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. She lives in Ohio with her husband, novelist C.C. Finlay, two stepsons, and two very naughty kitties. She is hard at work on her next trilogy.
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