Forging Silver into Stars
May/June 2022 Kids Indie Next List
— Rayna Nielsen, Blue Cypress Books, New Orleans, LA
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New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer expands the Cursebreaker world in an electrifying new series.
When ancient magic tests a newfound love, a dark fate beckons . . .
Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they've learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn's parents, leaving her alone to raise her younger sister. Magic never helped Jax, whose leg was crushed in an accident that his father has been punishing him for ever since. Magic won't save either of them when the tax collector comes calling, threatening to take their homes if they can't pay what they owe.
Meanwhile, Jax and Callyn are astonished to learn magic has already returned to Syhl Shallow--in the form of a magesmith who's now married to their queen. Now, the people of Syhl Shallow are expected to allow dangerous magic in their midst, and no one is happy about it.
When a stranger rides into town offering Jax and Callyn silver in exchange for holding secret messages for an anti-magic faction, the choice is obvious--even if it means they may be aiding in a plot to destroy their new king. It's a risk they're both willing to take. That is, until another visitor arrives: handsome Lord Tycho, the King's Courier, the man who's been tasked with discovering who's conspiring against the throne.
Suddenly, Jax and Callyn find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances, dangerous flirtations, and ancient magic . . . where even the deepest loyalties will be tested.
Praise For Forging Silver into Stars…
“Propulsive, intricate plotting and intimate first-person-present narration.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fiercely hopeful exploration of loyalty, perception, and agency in the face of fear, misinformation, and violence.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This sweeping, romantic epic repeatedly turns the tables on the fantasy tropes that readers might be expecting.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN
“Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale: a finely-drawn fantasy world, a heroine rarely seen in fiction, and a tortured hero with a secret.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A SPARK OF LIGHT and SMALL GREAT THINGS, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“Absolutely spellbinding.” —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL and LEGENDARY on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“I couldn't get this creative, suspenseful take on 'Beauty and the Beast' out of my head.” —Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of EVERLESS on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“A fast-paced, richly detailed feminist epic.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“This enthralling modern fable champions altruism while illustrating intimacy's relationship with honesty, respect, trust, and consent.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“Fans of Cassandra Clare, Marissa Meyer, or Alex Flinn, as well as any reader looking to sink into a top-notch story with great characters, will want to read this book.” —VOYA, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
“A complex, creative, and compelling reimagining of Beauty and the Beast.” —School Library Connection, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
Bloomsbury YA, 9781547609123, 560pp.
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the author of the New York Times bestselling Cursebreaker series, which includes A Curse So Dark and Lonely, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, and A Vow So Bold and Deadly. She has also written the contemporary young adult romances Call It What You Want, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost, as well as paranormal young adult stories, including the Elemental series and Thicker Than Water. A full-time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her family.