"Romantic, suspenseful, and witty all at once-- Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere ."--Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Evernight series
In Selkie's family, you don't celebrate birthdays.Read more...
"Romantic, suspenseful, and witty all at once--Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere."--Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Evernight series
In Selkie's family, you don't celebrate birthdays. You don't talk about birthdays. And you never, ever reveal your birth date.
On Selkie's seventeenth birthday, Selkie finally understands why. All she wanted a simple "Happy Birthday" from her secret crush, Ben. But the instant she blurts out the truth, her whole world shatters.
Because the world she's known is only an elaborate enchantment designed to conceal the truth: Selkie is a half-faerie princess. And her mother wants her dead.
The faerie court believes Selkie is a child of prophecy--fated to destroy the court's powerful grip on the supernatural world. And the only way for Selkie to survive...is to prove them right.
- ISBN-13: 9781402292538
- ISBN-10: 1402292538
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 298
- Reading Level: Ages 12-17
- Dimensions: 8.22 x 5.66 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Dorset's debut follows 17-year-old Selkie Stewart as her life is turned upside down by the revelation that her mother is an evil faerie. A complex group of prophecies predicts that Selkie will bring down the rule of the powerful Seelie court, where the elite forget anything unpleasant while using the power of faerie names to destroy the weak. Dorset is at her best constructing a beautiful and ruthless world where "ugliness is ferreted out and destroyed." Selkie's potential makes her a target for the Seelies, but when her lifelong protector, Ben, is captured, she is honor-bound to infiltrate the court to rescue him, facing down the mother she's never met. Dorset's story doesn't quite set itself apart in the urban fantasy genre—the plot, in which a faerie who has grown up believing herself human involves herself in a plot against the Seelie Court, closely echoes that of Holly Black's groundbreaking Tithe. But Ben and Selkie's riveting adventures and touching mutual loyalty, along with a strong cast and central romance, keep this series opener engaging. Ages 12–up. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc. (June)