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By V. E. Schwab
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“A bone-chilling standalone . . . which fuses Shirley Jackson’s gothic horror sensibilities with the warmth and dark whimsy of Neil Gaiman.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Gripping worldbuilding, well-rounded characters, and fantastic horror.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Unsettling and intriguing.”Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

#1 New York Times–bestselling author V. E. Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak in this stand-alone novel perfect for readers of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for Girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home; it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile, or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?

New York Times–bestselling author V. E. Schwab crafts a vivid and lush novel that grapples with the demons that are often locked behind closed doors. An eerie, stand-alone saga about life, death, and the young woman beckoned by both. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Melissa Albert, and Garth Nix will quickly lose themselves in this novel with crossover appeal for all ages.

896 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“this book has been on my tbr for so long and i finally finished it. usually when i finish a book, i can give a rating right away, but this book gave me a lot to think about. v.e. schwab’s writing is just so incredible and sucks you into whatever book of hers your reading. although this isn’t my favorite book of hers, (i don’t think anything can top shades for me) i really enjoyed it and had me hooked with all the twists and turns. tbh the ending made me kinda sad but it was still a great read and perfect for fall!”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingSuspensefulMagical settingDark
Anxious Face with sweat“I really liked the concept of the two worlds. The world was very well described and beautifully written, but the ending was quite predictable. Overall it was a good gothic story”
SuspensefulDark settingMagical settingDarkHeartbreakingViolencePredictable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Schwab's writing makes this story so magical and enchanting, I loved the dark undertone to it and the eerie and at times scary moments. The ending felt a bit rushed and needed a more detailed resolution, but that didn't stop me from loving this book. A bit slower paced, however, that gave the story more suspense.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulDark settingMagical settingDark
Thumbs Up“I genuinely had zero expectations going into this but it was such an interesting story and I truly loved the characters throughout the book.”
Believable charactersLikable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readFast-pacedSuspensefulDark settingRealistic settingComing of ageDark
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I went in with medium expectations - I’d heard people say they liked this, and others who said it was just okay; I find myself in the middle. The writing was beautiful, albeit a bit rushed. I felt like the plot wasn’t as developed as it could have been - I wish we would have had more time learning about the dangers beyond the wall. However, the few crumbs that we did get were thrilling and enticing. Overall, I would have been fine without reading this, but I’m very glad I did - still a fun read!”
Original writingSuspensefulMagical settingDarkViolence

About V. E. Schwab

V. E. Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, ranging from middle grade to teen to adult. Her books have garnered critical acclaim and been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Washington Post, and NPR; have been translated into more than a dozen languages; and been optioned for television and film. Schwab, an avid traveler, received her MFA from the University of Edinburgh, where her thesis was about the presence of monsters in medieval art. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

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