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Author: Susann Cokal Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781480519046

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It is while I stitch together the Queen’s gown, on the night her eldest daughter is to die, that I first sense an uneasy power.

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.

Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem—and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

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  • “Brazen, baroque…There’s no disguising Susann Cokal’s immediate rise to eminence as a pantocrator of new realms. I lived in her controversial kingdom for only a week, but I suspect and hope I shall never recover.”

    - Gregory Maguire
  • “There are deep and shallow reading experiences; this is a deep reading experience. There is nothing like it, though the fossil record flashes all kinds of petticoat. Elegant, complex, and sharp as a needle.”

    - Blythe Woolston, winner of the William Morris Prize
  • “The novel’s…brutality, eloquence, and scope are a breathtaking combination.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “This novel is distinctive in thought and elocution, but it is also dense and full of adult content.”

    - School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Complex and carefully crafted—mesmerizing.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “The events at court are recounted in richly detailed prose that renders immediate the sights and smells of a time when science was deeply intertwined with superstition, and politics [were] a blood sport…The novel demands and rewards full immersion in its account of the everyday life, beliefs, and medical practices of the royals, and readers will definitely come away with a (dis)taste for the cultural history of the Renaissance…Cokal skillfully and unapologetically blurs the lines between fairy tale and history.”

    - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)


  • A 2013 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Best Young Adult Book
  • A 2014 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book

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About the Author

Susann Cokal is the author of two adult novels, Mirabilis and Breath and Bones, and her short stories and literary criticisms have been widely published in literary journals andthe New York Times Book Review. Currently an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, she lives in Richmond, Virginia.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. Here career spans film, television, theater, voice-overs, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway; acted in the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away; and held a recurring role on ABC’s Lost.