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Darker Still

A Novel of Magic Most Foul

Leanna Renee Hieber

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Winter 2012 Kids' Next List

“Natalie Stewart wonders where she belongs--in a freak show beside snake charmers and conjoined twins or in an asylum with other mute although not deaf teens? Since her mother died when she was a baby, Natalie has not been able to voice her feelings or thoughts, until the day she meets Lord Denbury -- or to be exact, a much sought after portrait of him by an unknown artist. In the manner of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Hieber has created an exquisite love story. Teens will love Natalie and Lord Denbury and hope for further adventures.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
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A lush gothic tale that begs for reading...I couldn't put it down." —New York Times bestselling author Sarah Maclean

I was obssessed.

It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen—everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable...utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.

There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I've crossed over into his world within the painting, and I've seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked—bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone strets of Manhattan. And unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.

Magic Most Foul Series:

Darker Still (Book 1)

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Book 2)



Praise For Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul

"Hieber applies some real imagination to the story. Her depiction of the dark magic involved and of the demon’s murderous activities adds some good suspense . . . a good romp." — Kirkus Reviews

"Darker Still was delightfully strange and charming. The book absorbed me within its first couple of pages. . . . This novel is chock-full of mystery, suspense and a most magical romance! I absolutely loved it and I absolutely recommend it."--Kristin Feliz, Growing Up YA" — Growing Up YA

"I highly recommend this book! It was just the right mix of paranormal and romance and I hope you all like it as much as I did!"--Sara Teitelman, Catching Books" — Catching Books

"Darker Still screamed eerie, spooky suspense from the first page and its claws dug into me and didn't let go. . . a masterpiece—twisted, dark, and chillingly possessive. . . I highly recommend Darker Still as a must read."--Debbie Wentlein, I Heart YA Books" — I Heart YA Books

"This is one of the most amazing Young Adult books I've read this year. Leanna Renee Hieber takes you to a time and place where anything and everything is possible."--Colette chmiel, A Buckeye Girl Reads" — A Buckeye Girl Reads

"Darker Still is such a unique novel, in a very good way! "--Novia Chang, Truly Bookish" — Truly Bookish

"Darker Still is such a unique novel, in a very good way!"--Novia Chang, Truly Bookish" — Good Reads

"Darker Still is such a unique novel, in a very good way!"--Novia Chang, Truly Bookish" — Barnes & Noble Review

"Gothic, dark and oh so good!"--Novia Chang, @TrulyBookish" — Twitter Mention



"The whole book was an amazing read. The setting, the story, the characters, the plot, the pacing of the story was perfect for me.
Five stars!!!"--Sandee Quimbao, Random Ramblings" — Random Ramblings

"It hit me within the first three pages - Darker Still is a beautiful novel. It gives off an air of sophistication, it's written so well with such great language."--Sandra Hancock, Panda Reads" — Panda Reads

"I . . . ended up loving and thoroughly enjoying this book!"--Breena Staats, Esther Ever After" — Esther Ever After

"I . . . ended up loving and thoroughly enjoying this book!"--Breena Staats, Esther Ever After" — Good Reads

"Darker Still is a captivating glance into a bygone era."--Heidi" — Good Reads

"Most Gothic novels have a certain "feel" for me – dark, haunted, lush, and mysterious – and Darker Still embraced that tone from page one."--Amanda Ryan, The Raunch Dilettante" — The Raunch Dilettante

"Darker Still was an entertaining read."--Anne Dwyer, Unwasted Words" — Unwasted Words

"Darker Still was an entertaining read."--Anne Dwyer, Unwasted Words" — Good Reads

"A wonderful homage to the literary canon, Darker Still has all the drama and detail, including the required handsome English gentleman, of the classics mixed with magic and mystery all with the stunning backdrop of nineteenth century New York."--Amanda Johnson, Ramblings of a Drifting Mind" — Ramblings of a Drifting Mind

"Hieber has captured all the best things in her newest novel; it's historical, has a gorgeous Englishman, makes use of the fantastic, sports a fabulous cover, and it features a teenage girl as a non-traditional knight in shining armor. What more could you want?"--Amanda Johnson" — Ramblings of a Drifting Mind

"As a modern story written with a 19th century flair, Darker Still is the perfect fodder for taking a new YA novel and bringing it into the classroom … especially because author Leanna Renee Hieber drew upon the classic novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde!"--Sara Gundell, Novel Novice" — Novel Novice

"The premise for this book is so great! I wish I thought of it."--Rebekah, Goodman, Resugo’s Bookish Paradise" — Resugo’s Bookish Paradise

"I loved the world that Ms. Hieber has created."--Carrie, The Season" — The Season

"Darker Still is a fantastic historical fiction that has hints of just about everything in it . . . a book I'd definitely recommend!"--Katie, Katie’s Amazing Book Reviews" — Katie’s Amazing Book Reviews

"The plot . . . shines . . . "--Megan Saldecki, Books and a Cup of Tea " — Books and a Cup of Tea

"Darker Still is a book that . . . produced a solid work of fiction that was enjoyable in the end."--Kimberly Chung, The Paperplanes" — The Paperplanes

" The author created a love story that even with impossible odds was believable. I was kept guessing who was good and bad throughout he book and happy with he ending. The descriptions used of the dresses were a dream to read. I loved picturing the times of lace, corsets, ribbons, and taffeta. A quick read that holds promise for a successful sequel."--Teresa Rice, The Duchness Mommy Reads" — The Duchess Mommy Reads

"This was the most suspenseful, swoonworthy, well-written historical romance I've ever read! Plus one of my best books of the year. It will make you laugh, hold your breath and fight back tears. Worth buying and owning permanently by far!"--Anna Patrick, Diamonds & Coal Book Reviews" — Diamonds & Coal Book Reviews

"Darker still is a great book that I could not put down. It is filled with many adventures of falling into paintings, fighting darkness, and watching two people fall in love despite of everything around them. The plot line and characters keep you guessing and keep you entertained. If you want a book about magic, love and restoring what is lost, read this book!"--Savannah Valdez, Books With Bite" — Books with Bite

"Darker Still is a captivating glance into a bygone era."--Heidi Permann, Rainy Day Ramblings." — Good Reads

"Darker Still is a captivating glance into a bygone era."--Heidi Permann, Rainy Day Ramblings." — Rainy Day Ramblings

"It was charming and strange. . . . The writing was well-done, brilliant, and stunning."--Pixie Whitfield, The Bookaholic" — The Bookaholic

"Creepy and hauntingly wonderful. I loved this book! . . . The author is a fantastic story teller and really knows how to create a complex and compelling storyline."--Amanda Copulos, Short and Sweet" — Short and Sweet

"Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber is an extraordinary novel. . . . a really fascinating read"--Marcie Turner, To Read or Not to Read" — To Read or Not To Read

"We are given a nice conclusion to this first enigmatic tale, one door shut while several others are left wide open, beckoning us to walk through and see what secrets they shield from view."--Jenny Zemanek, Supernatural Snark" — Supernatural Snark

"I really loved reading Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber. . . . The plot was also really intriguing . . . and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series when it is released. Fans of Gothic Literature and Historical Fiction should definitely check this one out."--Tiffany Ashmawy, For Those Abou to Read..." — For Those About to Read...

"This book was so much fun. . . . I really liked the way the story was told through journal entries. . . . The mystery and action builds throughout. Loved, loved, loved it."--Heather Anastasiu, Hearther Anastasiu" — Heather Anastasiu

"Darker Still is one of those beautiful stories that swept me off my feet from the very start. . . . A magic most delicious, is what I think!"--Chelsea W, A Curious Reader" — A Curious Reader

"Ms. Hieber is pure genius in this beautifully written debut YA. . . . Do yourself a favour and PLEASE buy a copy for all the teens in your life, and one for yourself. Thank me later."--Wicked Little Pixie" — Wicked Little Pixie

"Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber is a creepy and horrific tale that is sure to please all lovers of Gothic paranormal reads. Needless to say, I'm practically dying for the next installment in Leanna's Magic Most Foul series!"--Mocha Reads, A Cupcake and A Latte" — A Cupcake and a Latte

"There is always a chance that a book won't live up to its description, but I would say that this one delivered and then some! . . . There is much more to this book than a pretty cover. You can expect great characters, an engrossing plot, and a vivid setting. I am very glad to have read this novel and can not wait for the sequel. Thank you for a great read, Ms. Hieber!"--Marla Dossett, Starting the Next Chapter" — Starting the Next Chapter

"I thoroughly enjoyed this Victorian gothic tale, with all its romance and mystery. Leanna Renee Hieber keeps you on your toes as you tag along on Natalie’s escapades. Add this one to your winter reading!"--Drey Salick, Drey’s Library" — Drey’s Library

"The was definitely a great read, mainly because of it's uniqueness, and dark quality."--Hayley Weller, The Fable Faerie" — The Fable Faerie

" . . . if you’re looking for that great young adult novel which of course can be read by adults this is a fun read that will have you falling in love with Hieber’s writing and following her other books as well."--Alicea Densi, The Pen & Muse Book Reviews" — The Pen & Muse Book Reviews

"Author Leanna Renne Hieber has created a wondrous world where mystery, mayhem and magic abound."--Marisa O’Neil, Romance Novel TV" — Romance Novel TV

"Author Leanna Renne Hieber has created a wondrous world where mystery, mayhem and magic abound."--Marisa O’Neil, Romance Novel TV" — B&N’s Heart to Heart

"In all this is a thoughtful, mystery laced book with a heroine who isn't super-powered or mystical or perfect. She's flawed, she makes mistakes and she recovers from them--a much more relatable and admirable heroine any day of the week."--Lexi Cenni, Poisioned Rationality" — Poisioned Rationality

"This was really different, but in a good way, and I was hooked from the first page . . . and I'd like to see more like this in the YA market."--Jenny Quinlin" — Let Them Read Books

" I am looking forward to the next book in the series though; I can't wait to see what Ms. Heiber has in store for these characters!"--Patti Spinney, Caught in a FAB Romance" — Caught in a FAB Romance

"I enjoyed the story, the setting and hope that his was the groundwork for an interesting and adventurous series."--Katie Sowa, Ex Libris" — Ex Libris

"From the very beginning, there is an eerie and gothic feel to the book . . . I totally loved Darker Still! If you want a story with a sizzling romance and a dark and twisting plot, then this is definitely your novel. 5 out of 5 stars."--What’s Your Story?" — What’s Your Story?

"Not only does Darker Still evoke the classic tale of The Picture of Dorian Grey, but it throws in just enough Jekyll and Hyde and classic gothic romance to be dark and interested, but infuses enough mysterious and horror to still be surprising, unique and somewhat modern in its approach. . . . The best part? No sparkly vampires or titular werewolves, just a classic gothic romance with dark, fascinating magic and classic tales of horror brought back to life in an engaging way. From the very beginning, I was completely hooked on Darker Still and I thoroughly enjoyed every unexpected twist and wonder, classic gothic turn. I hope this book launches a new trend of YA novels closer to this formula. Highly recommended! "--Amanda Theaker, Diary of a Book Addict" — Diary of a Book Addict

"Step into a world of magic, demons and souls of handsome lords stuck inside paintings! An interesting read, Darker Still offers something a little different . . . a mix of supernatural, religious, and romance themes."--Kimberley Waters, Baggin’s Book Blog" — Baggin’s Book Blog

"I think this book would appeal to most readers, and I know that personally I will definitely be looking forward to reading more by Ms.Hieber in the future!"--Taylor Jenkins, Thoughts of an Endless Dreamer" — Thoughts of an Endless Dreamer

"I loved this book. It's the kind of read that kept me up late reading and sneaking in pages here and there at work (shhh....). I found the writing and the story incredibly compelling. The characters were unique, the story appropriately creepy, and the setting absolutely perfect . . . I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one."--Jessica Menold, Reading in the Corner" — Reading in the Corner

"This is one of the few times where comparing a book to other books has been right on target. It has features of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Pride & Prejudice and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but it is it’s own complete piece of work. . . . Darker Still is a magical story that is as intriguing as it is romantic."--Jessica Badeaux, BookSake" — BookSake

"I have to say that I enjoyed Darker Still more than I was expecting to, and that I'm looking forward to the next book in the Magic Most Foul series. I'd recommend it to fans of historical fantasies, epistolary novels, books containing spiritualism and black magic, evil villains, and unique heroines."--Jenny Connor, The Mimosa Stimulus" — The Mimosa Stimulus

"I would read this one for the lovely female character and the interesting story. . . by the time I finished reading this one I was VERY eager to read The picture of Dorian Gray."--Kadambari Bahl, Young Readers" — Young Readers

"Darker Still has elements of all of my favorite classics and modern novels, mashed with a wonderfully executed and adorably romantic story."--Rachel, Paper Cuts" — Paper Cuts

"Get Swept Away! This Gothic tale wraps around you and doesn't let go. . . . I couldn't put this story down."--Kim Baccelia, Young Adult Book Central" — Young Adult Book Central

"From page one I was sucked into Darker Still and the author’s unique and interesting writing style. . . . This book has the perfect combination of romance, suspense, excitement, and intrigue that will leave you turning the pages faster and faster as you go."--Tara Quigley, Fiction Folio" — Fiction Folio

"DARKER STILL . . . told an original story of love, magic, and the supernatural in historical times, and also explored something I've never really read in a novel before: muteness. Combined with a strong, fleshed-out protagonist, this is a book for anyone who loves historical fiction with a dash of magic and a whole lot of romance."--Isabella Grabski, My Words Ate Me" — My Words Ate Me

"If you like Victorian era type books and intricate but elegant writing, read Darker Still."--Giota, A Story Untold" — A Story Untold

"The book was a well paced, and was quite a quick read for me... I found this book to be quite intriguing!" — The Reader Bee

"I would recommend this to anyone who likes a story that is dark and filled with magic and mystery. It is a very fun read! " — The Book Garden

"Darker Still is definitely an unusual story, mixing so many different things into the novel that it’s quite magical." — Kindle Fever

"Make sure you stick around to the end." — Literary Escapism

" If you’re looking for a story that is a bit different from the norm but is still hugely entertaining, then I would definitely recommend this book."--Lynsey Newton, Narratively Speaking" — Narratively Speaking

"This is a perfect story for those who are looking for an original, haunting, and romantic YA." — YA Bound

"Darker Still is a unique and imaginative story that mixes Gothic-Victorian tones with mystery and suspense. Despite some personal hang-ups that I had, I think this was very well-written and that most readers will really love it." — LC’s Adventures in Libraryland

"Like Nancy Drew with a touch of magic, Hieber tells a familiar story with her own twist to it. The characters are well established, the writing is consistent with the time period and equally as elegantly told." — Just a lil’ lost...

" Just a fantastic debut and I can't wait to read more in this series. I'm hooked on Hieber's writing!" — Book Chic Club

"I totally fell in love with the premise of this book from the moment I heard it." — Book Labyrinth

" people who love a supernatural story in a historical setting would enjoy it!" — Anna Reads

" a defiant heroine, a swoonworthy love interest, and some good advice for everyone." — Chloe’s Thoughts

"Darker Still is truly an enjoyable read. The characters are well developed and the plot was fantastical. Oscar Wilde would be proud!" — Missy Writes

"I adored the similarity to the Oscar Wilde classic. Usually, I don't prefer books written in diary form, but this one is an exception. The action was replayed in Natalie's words as if it was actually happening right there so the diary form didn't deplete the action." — Through the Looking Glass

"I love the character of Natalie. A mute girl living in the 1880’s had little chance of a full life. Natalie is a strong character that faces evil with the belief that it must be stopped, no matter the consequences. She goes on a journey of change, battling against her self imposed muteness, and fighting for what she believes." — The Write Path

"Darker Still is an incredibly original and unique novel. It takes many of the things I love about paranormal romance novels and puts a whole different spin on them.

I love being transported into a different time, and Ms. Hieber did it perfectly, at least in my opinion. I totally want to live in Natalie’s world." — I Devour Books

"Leanna Renee Hieber has quickly become one of my favorite YA authors, mostly because she does dark, mysterious, and slightly dangerous very, very well. I grew up loving Edgar Allan Poe, Frankenstein, and lots of other Gothic authors and tales. Leanna’s work embraces those qualities while telling stories about love and magic, and that’s all it takes for me to be hooked!" — Girls in the Stacks

"All in all I say you simply have to read this book, it's just made of awesome as far as I'm concerned! " — Butterfly-o-Meter Books

"Darker Still is a gorgeous tale about an unlikely heroine caught in the dark world of magic. It was a breath of fresh air! Even if this book fits in a popular genre of books, it took its own spin!" — Everlasting Enchantments

"...a romantic story with a gothic twist" — Jess Ramblings

Sourcebooks Fire, 9781402260520, 336pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011



About the Author

Raised in rural Ohio and obsessed with the Victorian Era, Leanna’s life goal is to be a ”gateway drug to 19th century literature.” An actress, playwright and award winning author, she lives in New York City and is a devotee of ghost stories and Goth clubs. Visit www.leannareneeheiber.com