Dazzling, female-driven fantasy.


From the Castles in Their Bones series , Vol. 1

Triplet sisters leave their homeland to marry princes from other countries, a step in their mother’s plan to expand her rule.

Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz have trained their whole lives in the art of deception. Empress Margaraux wants them to drive their new countries to war with each other so she can sweep in and assume control. Kindhearted Sophronia is sent to Temarin to finally meet her betrothed, for whom she has already started to develop feelings through their exchange of letters. Daphne, the sister closest to their mother, heads to Friv, where a rebellion is brewing, and Beatriz trained with courtesans for her assigned duty in Cellaria, a country where magic is outlawed. Margaraux gifted each daughter one wish, pulled down from the stars, to use only when desperately needed. But the empress has plans of her own, and as truths are revealed and new friendships and romances bloom, each sister must decide where her loyalties lie. Kicking off a new trilogy, this enchanting tale is filled with captivating court intrigue and espionage. The narrative shifts between the three sisters, creating page-turning momentum. The worldbuilding is expansive yet never overwhelming, as the multiple settings and characters are distinct and compelling. While there seems to be no racial diversity on this fantasy continent—the characters present White—queerness is present, accepted in some countries and not others, and there are tensions between people of different classes.

Dazzling, female-driven fantasy. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-11816-0

Page Count: 528

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2021

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There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.


The finely drawn characters capture readers’ attention in this debut.

Autumn and Phineas, nicknamed Finny, were born a week apart; their mothers are still best friends. Growing up, Autumn and Finny were like peas in a pod despite their differences: Autumn is “quirky and odd,” while Finny is “sweet and shy and everyone like[s] him.” But in eighth grade, Autumn and Finny stop being friends due to an unexpected kiss. They drift apart and find new friends, but their friendship keeps asserting itself at parties, shared holiday gatherings and random encounters. In the summer after graduation, Autumn and Finny reconnect and are finally ready to be more than friends. But on August 8, everything changes, and Autumn has to rely on all her strength to move on. Autumn’s coming-of-age is sensitively chronicled, with a wide range of experiences and events shaping her character. Even secondary characters are well-rounded, with their own histories and motivations.

There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.   (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: April 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-7782-5

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Review Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2013

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From the Folk of the Air series , Vol. 1

Black is back with another dark tale of Faerie, this one set in Faerie and launching a new trilogy.

Jude—broken, rebuilt, fueled by anger and a sense of powerlessness—has never recovered from watching her adoptive Faerie father murder her parents. Human Jude (whose brown hair curls and whose skin color is never described) both hates and loves Madoc, whose murderous nature is true to his Faerie self and who in his way loves her. Brought up among the Gentry, Jude has never felt at ease, but after a decade, Faerie has become her home despite the constant peril. Black’s latest looks at nature and nurture and spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship that might be the saving of Jude and the titular prince, who, like Jude, has been shaped by the cruelties of others. Fierce and observant Jude is utterly unaware of the currents that swirl around her. She fights, plots, even murders enemies, but she must also navigate her relationship with her complex family (human, Faerie, and mixed). This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.

Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in. (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-31027-7

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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