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In an ancient land steeped in wild magic, three royal siblings fight to keep their kingdom safe from the warriors who threaten its borders--and their bond--in this lyrical debut of spells and song, sisterhood and betrayal.

"ABSOLUTELY STUNNING." --Hannah Whitten, author of For the Wolf

In the kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind, the roots of the trees, and the curl of the grass.

King Cador knew this once, but now the land has turned from him, calling instead to his three children. Riva can cure others, but can't seem to heal her own deep scars. Keyne battles to be accepted for who he truly is--the king's son. And Sinne dreams of seeing the world, of finding adventure.

All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold, their people's last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. However, change comes on the day ash falls from the sky. It brings with it Myrdhin, meddler and magician. And Tristan, a warrior who is not what he seems.

Riva, Keyne and Sinne--three siblings entangled in a web of betrayal, who must fight to forge their own paths. Their story will shape the destiny of Britain.


"Weaves a captivating spell of myth and magic around the reader." --Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

"Fans of folkloric fantasy will be spellbound." --Publishers Weekly

"Magical, beautiful and heartbreaking." --Greer Macallister, author of Scorpica and The Magician's Lie

"A marvelous tale, gracefully told in language as beautiful as the song that inspired it." --Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches

"I was utterly captivated." --Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart

Author: Lucy Holland
Publisher: Redhook
Published: 10/05/2021
Pages: 416
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.41lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.20w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9780316320771

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/05/2021
Library Journal 10/01/2021 pg. 64
Booklist 10/01/2021 pg. 38

About the Author

Lucy Holland works for Waterstones and co-hosts the intersectional feminist podcast Breaking the Glass Slipper, which won Best Audio in the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. She lives in Devon.

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