“Romantic, mysterious, and wildly inventive. I adored every gorgeous word.”-Nancy Werlin, author of Impossible and Extraordinary
Briony has a secret. She believes her secret killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister’s mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea. She yearns to be rid of her terrible secret, but risks being hanged if she tells a soul. That’s what happens to witches: They’re hanged by the neck until dead.
Then Eldric arrives—Eldric with his golden mane and lion eyes and electric energy—and he refuses to believe anything dark about Briony. But he wonders what’s been buried beneath her self-hatred, hidden in Rose’s mangled thoughts, and whispered about by the Old Ones. And Briony wonders how Eldric can make her want to cry. Especially when everyone knows that witches can’t cry.
A wild, haunting mystery and romance that is as beautifully written as it is captivating.
Franny Billingsley|Susan Duerden
About Franny Billingsley
Franny Billingsley's books owe their images and rhythms to the songs her father sang - two songs every night, unless she chose a Scottish ballad with more than thirty verses. Than he'd sing only one song because he was faithful to every word and had four other kids waiting. Now Franny sings to her own two kids, and she reminds herself of the great gift her father gave her whenever she's tempted to skip a verse. She lives in Chicago with her family and works as a children's bookseller.
About Susan Duerden
Susan Duerden’s career spans film, television, voiceovers and animation. She has also played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway. Recent work includes the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away and a recurring role on ABC’s “Lost”.