Reckoning (Hardcover)

A Novel (The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy #1)

By Kerry Wilkinson

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250053534, 368pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

List Price: 18.99*
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One girl. One chance. One destiny.
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorne takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide? Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . . The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson, Reckoning is the story of one girl's determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds.

About the Author

Kerry Wilkinson grew up in Somerset, UK, playing ropey-looking computer games for which he needed a keyboard, being rubbish at soccer (or "football" as he calls it), plus reading science fiction and fantasy novels. The Silver Blackthorn trilogy is his first fantasy work, though he is a successful crime writer.

Praise For Reckoning: A Novel (The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy #1)

“British author Wilkinson creates a villain and a system so unpleasant that readers will long to see them destroyed, and the Offerings face as much danger from their companions turning on each other as from their dangerous circumstances. A strong voice and an intricate endgame.” —Publishers Weekly

“In a crowded market of apocalyptic YA fiction, this title stands out.” —School Library Journal

“There's true joy in Silver's evolving friendships and the game-changing spirit of camaraderie they inspire. This new dystopian novel ultimately engages with its blurring of lines between medieval castles and sci-fi technology.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Reckoning had everything I’m looking for in a great read—vivid characters dealing with impossible circumstances, romance, and a fully realized world that kept me flipping pages long into the night.” —Heather Anastasiu, author of Glitch and Override