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Sabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound.When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept...
Sabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound.When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept...
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  • Sabriel meets Romeo and Juliet in this stunning and atmospheric novel—the first in a duology—from the author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound.

    When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

    The heirs of the city's most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou, share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on the Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

    Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding the Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

    Mahyanai Runajo only wants to protect her city—but she's the only one who believes it's in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

    Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

About the Author-

  • Rosamund Hodge grew up as a homeschooler in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could get her hands on, but especially fantasy and mythology. She received a BA in English from the University of Dallas and an MSt in medieval English from Oxford. She now lives in Seattle, Washington, with seven toy cats and a plush Cthulhu. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Cruel Beauty; Gilded Ashes, a Cruel Beauty novella; Crimson Bound; Bright Smoke, Cold Fire; and Endless Water, Starless Sky. Visit her online at www.rosamundhodge.net.

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  • Kirkus

    June 1, 2016
    Young lovers and enemies try to save the city in this dystopian spin on Romeo and Juliet.In a Ruined world, the Sisters of Thorn protect the lone city of Viyara with a magic wall sustained by human blood, but orphaned novice Runajo (the book's Rosaline) hopes to restore the failing barrier via lost spells from the long-sealed Sunken Library. Ruthless and tiresomely righteous, Mahyanai Runajo magically bonds with the Juliet--the Catresou's magically modified, martially trained, lethal young woman--and overcomes her qualms about necromancy and slavery in order to exploit the Juliet's unwilling obedience in a claustrophobic and combative relationship. Hapless co-narrator Catresou Paris simultaneously mind-melds with the grief-stricken Mahyanai Romeo, and the duo plunges into the chaotic, colorful Lower City, seeking to avenge the Juliet's alleged death and expose a necromancer through scary (if slapstick) misadventures. Old feuds and entrenched beliefs prove bigger obstacles than omnipresent but impermanent death--the protagonists rely on rituals even as revenants, reapers, and the reanimated clash with the remaining humans. Hodge puts secondary characters center-stage, lards the text liberally with Shakespeare quotes, and adds the undead, buckets of blood, and an impending apocalypse to create a rich, if repetitive retelling. Her worldbuilding emphasizes family over race; the Mahyanai are dark-haired and fair-skinned, while the Catresou go masked (though the Juliet is fair-skinned). A bloody and bold tale for those who want some Romero with their Romeo, but resolution awaits a sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2016

    Gr 9 Up-Borrowing loosely from Romeo and Juliet, Hodge creates a world ravaged by the Ruining, a fog that killed the living and allowed the dead to walk. Runajo, a Sister of Thorn, knows that it is the sacrifice of human blood that keeps the wall strong enough to protect the only surviving city of Viyara. Juliet Catresou is a young woman compelled by spells since birth to kill anyone who harms her kin, the mask-wearing Catresou clan. And yet she has fallen for Romeo, of the Mahyanai. When a bonding ceremony goes wrong, Paris (who was unhappily expecting to become Juliet's Guardian) and Romeo can read each other's thoughts and Juliet is in the land of the dead. The action alternates between what is happening with Runajo, who secretly brings Juliet back to the cloister, and Paris's activities with Romeo, often in the Lower City. Teens need not be Shakespeare fans to appreciate this work and will enjoy reading about magic, an underworld, and a Juliet who kicks butt. The complicated plot requires readers' attention, as three clans, invented religious elements, a variety of undead, and magic scrolls retrieved from a buried library all intertwine. VERDICT An atmospheric tale that pits loyalty to kin against loyalty to self and loyalty to loved ones, this work will appeal to the author's fans and those who can't get enough of fantastical retellings.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews "A bloody and bold tale for those who want some Romero with their Romeo"
  • School Library Journal "An atmospheric tale that pits loyalty to kin against loyalty to self and loyalty to loved ones."
  • School Library Journal (starred review) Praise for CRIMSON BOUND: "This novel will captivate readers. Outstanding."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) Praise for CRIMSON BOUND: "An intoxicatingly dark story of love, lust, murder, and redemption."
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for CRIMSON BOUND: "The unusual, intricately woven story and themes make for a worthwhile read."
  • Alex Flinn, New York Times bestselling author of Beastly and Towering Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "A completely engrossing tale."
  • Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "A dazzling and clever retelling, Cruel Beauty is delightfully dark, lushly romantic, and utterly spellbinding. I adored it, and can't wait to read Hodge's next novel!"
  • Sherry Thomas, author of The Burning Sky Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "What a stunning debut. This is a book you will want to read as fast as you can for the intricate plot and as slowly as you can to savor the gorgeous world-building and the ravishing love story."
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "An intricate and arresting tale."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "The push and pull romance between Nyx and Ignifex is pure fairy tale, but the characters themselves are complex and genuinely human as they struggle with their own culpability in a situation that forces them to choose between selfishness and selflessness."
  • School Library Journal Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "An entertaining read for teens who enjoy romantic fantasy."
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "Hodge has created a rich, complete world in this twist on 'Beauty and the Beast.'"
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: "Will have readers clutching the book and flying through the pages."

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