A Blade So Black Audiobook, by L. L. McKinney Play Audiobook Sample

A Blade So Black Audiobook

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Read By: Jeanette Illidge Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Blade So Black Series Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250207302

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Longest Chapter Length:

44:02 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

31 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:55 minutes

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Publisher Description

"With memorable characters and page-turning thrills, A Blade So Black is the fantasy book I've been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified." —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give

For fans of Marissa Meyer, L.L. McKinney's A Blade So Black delivers an irresistible urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland... but it's not the Wonderland you remember.

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head... literally.

Debut author L.L. McKinney delivers an action-packed twist on an old classic, full of romance and otherworldly intrigue.

And don't miss the thrilling sequel, A Dream So Dark!

An Imprint Book

"Mixing elements of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer... Delectable." —Entertainment Weekly

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“This really is Lewis Carroll by way of Buffy, and it makes for a fun, gritty urban fantasy…[and] will set the new standard for teen readers.”

— NPR 


  • Narrator Jeanette Illidge sets the perfect tone in this reimagined urban fantasy based on the classic Alice in Wonderland.

    — AudioFile
  • “A dark, thrilling fantasy-meets-contemporary story with a kick-ass heroine.”

    — Bustle
  • “A brash, refreshing, vitally diverse retelling of a classic… You need this book.”

    — Tor.com

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About L. L. McKinney

L. L. McKinney, a writer, a poet, and active member of the kid-lit community, is the author of A Blade So BlackA Dream So Dark, and A Crown So Cursed. She was named one of the Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans, and she is an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, the cofounder of Juneteenth Book Fest, and the creator of the hashtags #PublishingPaidMe and #WhatWoCWritersHear. She is also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan.

About Jeanette Illidge

James Fouhey is an actor and narrator living in New York City. He received classical training at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He has recorded more than forty audiobooks across a variety of genres, including science fiction, romance, young adult fiction, and children’s fiction.