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Author: Holly Black Narrator: Caitlin Kelly Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Folk of the Air Series Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781478923749
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By New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans, especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters—and Faerie itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This splendidly wicked and richly created story is one you won’t want to miss.”

    BuzzFeed

  • “Heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity—this is one heck of a ride.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Spellbinding…Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life. Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fans of Black’s faerie realm will recognize this tale as new territory…Set almost entirely in Faerie, with human characters who were raised there and therefore know all the rules, this story reveals greater depth and detail of Faerie than ever before. Black’s characters are no longer playing the game without knowing the consequences…Black unfolds this sweeping, twisting narrative with the fine-tuned understanding of someone who’s spent nearly her whole life poking around the depths of Faerie.”

    BookPage

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 18 New YA Books

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About the Author

Author Holly Black

Holly Black, acclaimed author of contemporary fantasy novels, she is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones and the coauthor, with Tony DiTerlizzi, of the New York Times bestseller The Spiderwick Cronicles. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award.

About the Narrator

Caitlin Kelly, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a seasoned voice-over artist with experience in Japan and the United States. She has a BFA in drama and studied musical theater at the Collaborative Arts Project 21, an off-Broadway theater company and musical theater training conservatory. She got started in voice-over work in 2009 while living in Japan where she toured with Disney’s World of English and World Family Club as a performer and a puppeteer.