A gift fans of the series will treasure.

MOIRA'S PEN

A QUEEN'S THIEF COLLECTION

From the Queen's Thief series

A new window into the world of the Queen’s Thief series.

What reader has not wished to linger a little longer in the world of a beloved story? With a compendium of short stories and fragments—some previously published and some brand new—Turner invites her readers to do exactly that. With the close of Return of the Thief (2020), Eugenides and the other monarchs of the Little Peninsula returned triumphant from war and ready to embark on the happily-ever-after portions of their stories. This new installment doesn’t contradict that closure so much as deepen the story that preceded it. The entries, best appreciated by those already familiar with the earlier books, are ordered chronologically. They leap around in time, space, and style, bridging old narrative gaps and sketching out entirely new side roads that are ripe for exploration, while flitting between storytelling styles and voices. Interspersed with the morsels of story are reflections, flashes of memory, and fascinating historical context from the author. The result is a reading experience that is as cozy as it is expansive, answering questions even as it provokes more. The book is illuminated with precise, sumptuous, black-and-white illustrations by So’Oteh. Ethereal cursive commentary by Moira, messenger of the gods, is sprinkled throughout.

A gift fans of the series will treasure. (map, character list) (Fantasy. 13-18)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-06-288560-9

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2022

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A rush of emotion and suspense.

THE FIRST TO DIE AT THE END

Crowds gather across the United States for the launch of Death-Cast, a company that promises to change the world by predicting the deaths of everyone who subscribes in this prequel to They Both Die at the End (2017).

Orion Pagan, an aspiring author with a heart condition, hopes his phone won’t ring at midnight, but he knows Death-Cast’s call is coming soon. Unlike Orion, Valentino Prince, a model on the verge of his national debut, has no reason to anticipate Death-Cast’s call and isn’t sure if he believes the company’s claims. By coincidence or fate, their lives collide at a party in Times Square, and a single, historic phone call alters the courses of their futures. This heart-pounding story follows the final day of the first Decker, or person who is going to die, and the national chaos of Death-Cast’s premiere. Silvera crafts a web of intricately interconnected character perspectives and conflicts around Orion and Valentino. Apart from Valentino and his twin sister, who are presumed White, most of the characters are Latine, including White-passing Orion, whose family is Puerto Rican. The story confronts heavy topics like grief, abuse, and religious faith with complexity and care. Despite the presumed inevitability of a fatal end to the central romance between Orion and Valentino, Silvera subverts the trope of punishing gay characters with violent tragedy. Familiarity with the original book provides additional context and depth but isn’t essential to understanding the plot.

A rush of emotion and suspense. (Speculative fiction. 13-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 4, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-06-324080-3

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: July 13, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2022

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THE CRUEL PRINCE

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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