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The Darkening (#1)

UK Publisher: Hodder

In this thrilling and epic YA fantasy debut the only hope for a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm lies with the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince terrified of his throne.

Only she can face the storm.

Vesper Vale is the daughter of revolutionaries. Failed revolutionaries. When her mother was caught by the queen’s soldiers, they gave her a choice: death by the hangman’s axe, or death by the Storm that surrounds the city and curses anyone it touches. She chose the Storm. So when the queen’s soldiers-led by a paranoid prince-catch up to Vesper’s father after twelve years on the run, Vesper will do whatever it takes to save him from sharing that fate.

Even arm herself with her father’s book of dangerous magic.

Even infiltrate the prince’s elite squad of soldier-sorcerers.

Even cheat her way into the prince’s cold heart.

But when Vesper learns that there’s more to the story of her mother’s death, she’ll have to make a choice if she wants to save her city: trust the devious prince with her family’s secrets, or follow her mother’s footsteps into the Storm.


‘Will ensnare you from the first page’ — Chloe Gong

‘Enchanting and wildly clever’ — Ayana Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Beasts of Prey

‘Wild and thrilling’ — Adalyn Grace

‘A thrilling adventure’ — Emily Thiede

Sunya Mara grew up in seven different cities across the globe, though she could always be found between the pages...