When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes, a criminal record, and secrets of his own.
Frankie's search for the truth could change her life, or cost her everything.
“Frankie's a great, gutsy character, full of heart.” —Printz Award winner Melina Marchetta, author of The Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca
But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn...
Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace's deeper, darker purpose, Alex's actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that's hidden from the eyes of the world.
Sure enough, the soldiers of the blood-purist Daeman Leldh soon descend on the village searching for her, burning and slaughtering. Lowell and the mysterious stranger are among the few to escape. And now they must find their way to the city of Luthan where, she says, they will find people to help them bring down Daeman Leldh.
If she can persuade them not to kill her.
This brilliant young adult fantasy debut from young Australian writer Meg Caddy sees the emergence of an exciting new talent in speculative fiction.
Meg Caddy started writing her debut novel Waer when she was fourteen years old. She hasn’t had much of a life since! Waer was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize, and released by Text Publishing in 2016. Meg has been mentored by fantasy novelist Juliet Marillier, and spent time as a resident and a Young Writers’ tutor at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. For the past seven years, Meg has been working with children of all ages. She is obsessed with pirates.
‘An astonishing debut...The writing is assured, the action is swift and the characters ring as true as Caddy’s psychological insights.’ West Australian
‘This book has broken my heart, collected my soul and has me falling in love with it!’ Tilly and Her Books blog
‘This novel has all the fast-paced action and enjoyment of the first Eragon novel, but it is far more layered and original.’ Incredible Rambling Emily
‘A cracking adventure story...Brimming with excitement and incident.’ Reading Time
‘An accomplished debut...[A] great example of a well-crafted YA fantasy...The descriptions are lush and the prose is gorgeous.’ Speculating on SpecFic
‘This book does not let you go once you start...Incredibly addictive and fast paced.’ Readers in Wonderland
'A new world of shape-shifters and a time-honored battle between good and evil come alive in Caddy's debut fantasy for teens.’ Kirkus
‘This is a tale of, among other things, righteous revenge, told in alienating chapters by the two main characters, whose perspectives convey the impact of the difficult circumstances on even the most gentle people...Love wins out in this well-constructed world, mapped literally and figuratively by the author.’ Booklist