Books by Zoë Marriott

DARKNESS HIDDEN by Zoë Marriott
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Save this action-packed but derivative adventure for die-hard shonen manga buffs. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
The Underworld makes another bid for control of Mio's mystical sword. Read full book review >
THE NAME OF THE BLADE by Zoë Marriott
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Fast-paced but forgettable. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
An antique Japanese sword causes havoc in contemporary London in this series opener. Read full book review >
SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoë Marriott
Released: April 1, 2012

"A dark yet very fresh fairy-tale reinvention. (QR code to digitally access poetry written by characters) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
"Cinderella" is reimagined as a revenge story set in an alternate feudal Japan. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES by Zoë Marriott
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A tantalizing prologue settles into satisfactory adventure, dampened by excessive description. Marriott opens with a gripping middle-of-the-night crisis as burned refugees pour into an abbey-like temple. One refugee hides a child beneath her cloak—the only member of the king's family not killed when invaders set the royal castle ablaze. That child, first-person narrator Zira, grows up in the temple training as a warrior, but readers know her lofty fortune all along: Born as royalty (unbeknownst to her), she's destined to become queen. Zira befriends and marries a sympathetic lord who's Sedorne—the conquering race—as the text focuses heavily but somewhat ambiguously on both personal responsibility and fate. The characters' normative skin color is brown, the heroine interracial, God female; however, traditional power dynamics are less subverted than this setup implies, offering fertile ground for discussion. Unnecessary adverbs (people "scurried...hastily"), cluttered details and sometimes florid prose ("colors so pure that the eye could hardly perceive them") take the edge off this otherwise solid fantasy confirming birthrights and inevitability. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
THE SWAN KINGDOM by Zoë Marriott
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

Marriott offers a romantic expansion of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans." Alexandra is a classic king's daughter: green-eyed and red-haired, intelligent and homely. She romps through the fields with her wonderful brothers and studies herb lore with her wise mother. After a mystifying coming-of-age ceremony that Alexandra doesn't understand, a beast with chestnut fur attacks and kills her mother. Her father sets out to hunt the beast but is instead ensnared by a bewitching woman with chestnut hair. Alexandra's banished to an austere aunt's house and awaits her brothers' rescue. When the beast/enchanter comes after her again, Alexandra escapes to an abandoned cottage and begins weaving nettle shirts to restore her brothers' bodies, still unaware of her own vast magical power. The prose tends toward formality and can sound haughty, and one theme (magical Ancestors) is superfluous. However, abundant visual details create richly evocative settings, and emotional connection is clear and tender, both between siblings and between Alexandra and an adoring young stranger. (Fantasy. 11-14)Read full book review >