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Author: Katherine Catmull Narrator: Colby Minifie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780147525642
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A gorgeously woven tale of magic, friendship, and self-discovery set in a dream-like landscape filled with fairies.
After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in—a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.
Fast-paced adventure and spellbinding prose combine to weave a tale of love and loyalty in this young adult fantasy.

★ "A stunningly atmospheric, gorgeously complicated dream of a book." —Publishers Weeklystarred review

★ "An unforgettable tale . . . that contains all the darkness and light of A Midsummer Night's Dream." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Gorgeous, haunting, and wonderfully strange, The Radiant Road establishes Katherine Catmull as a master of the modern fairy tale." —Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs

"Katherine Catmull deftly weaves Clare's contemporary story with ancient Celtic lore. The Radiant Road is a beguiling novel with a strong, engaging protagonist." —Juliet Marillier, author of Daughter of the Forest and Wildwood Dancing

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Catmull’s take on fairies uses conventional elements in original ways, building a stunningly atmospheric, gorgeously complicated dream of a book. Genuinely frightening and eerie moments are drawn as masterfully as the joyous, glowing, peculiar images…The gentle romance between Clare and Finn is understatedly believable, the quiet emotional core of a story that deserves the word epic.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In lovely lyrical writing, Catmull…creates an unforgettable tale that begins slowly and gently, gradually and inevitably leading to a thundering crescendo. Verdict: This is a haunting novel that contains all the darkness and light of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Colby Minifie provides a perfectly paced, nuanced delivery of this magical tale. She brings all the characters to life and excels with accents—from the Scottish brogue of Clare’s father to the Irish lilt in the voices of Claire, Jill, and the fairies. Her rhythm and intonation turn every sentence into a poem and give the story the sound of ancient Irish lore. Listeners will find themselves immersed in a magical world that weaves the time and the timeless, the fey and the humans into an intriguing tapestry. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “An eerily lovely story.”


  • “Readers who like stories about fairy magic and myths with lots of detail and traveling between realms will engage with this character and her adventure…The book and its main character have heart and show how important dreaming and the belief in the unknown are. This is recommended as a good addition to existing fantasy fiction collections.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for January 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Katherine Catmull is an actor, freelance writer, voice-over artist, and sometimes playwright. Her first novel, Summer and Bird, was called “a stunning debut” that “thrills with complex storytelling” by Booklist. She lives in Austin, Texas.