A thrilling sequel that masterfully expands the world introduced in the previous novel in the series.

WHISPER OF THE TIDE

From the Song of the Current series , Vol. 2

Caroline Oresteia, captain of the Vix and chosen of the sea god, is finding revolution boring.

Markos Andela (known as Tarquin Meredios in the previous volume) is attempting to get support from Akhaian nobles: His hope is to bring about a bloodless revolution with the help of Antidoros Peregrine. But while Markos recovers after a failed assassination attempt, he receives an offer from the Archon of Eryth to marry his daughter; the Archon will in return support Markos’ claim to the Akhaian throne. Thinking of the greater good, Caro decides to break off her relationship with Markos and spurs him to take up the Archon’s offer. At Markos’ request, Caro delivers a letter of his acceptance of the proposal to the Archon. Caro prepares to return to Markos with his new bride-to-be, Agnes, in tow. However, the sea god demands that Caro make a choice: Break her ties with Markos and serve her…or else. When Caro does not choose in time, the sea god takes revenge. Caro’s adventures and struggles to change her fate will leave readers on the edges of their seats. The previous title indicated that auburn-haired, light-brown–skinned Caro is biracial, while Markos is pale-skinned; other characters in this book represent diversity through a variety of skin tones.

A thrilling sequel that masterfully expands the world introduced in the previous novel in the series. (map) (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68119-299-4

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: April 10, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2018

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

IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME

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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Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.

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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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