a survivor of the great blood plague of the 1340s,
Adelina Amouteru is marked as a malfetto. She lost one
of her eyes to the fever, and her hair and eyelashes
turned silvery white. Some of the malfettos have magical
powers – conjuring fire, controlling beasts, and calling
the wind. They are the Young Elites, worshipped by some
and hunted by others. Adelina’s father has always tried
to coax special powers from her so that his marked
daughter would have some value, but she has never
achieved magic. That is, until the night Adelina runs
away to avoid being sold to a nobleman. Her enraged
father tracks her down, and in her terror Adelina
accidentally murders him. But was it truly an accident?
Condemned to burn at the stake, Adelina is rescued at
the last moment by the Young Elites, who begin training
her to join their Dagger Society and their secret
mission to reclaim the throne. But Adelina has a dark
secret of her own … her fragile younger sister,
Violetta, is in mortal danger. Adelina is willing to
exchange information for Violetta’s safety, but how long
can she keep her double loyalties a secret? And what
will the Young Elites do to her if they find out? This
is a spellbinding high fantasy with action, betrayal,
romance (and a mind-blowing Epilogue!) that will tempt
fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series and
Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. (Booktalk by Pennsylvania
Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
|SUBJECTS: Ability -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Secret societies -- Fiction.
Supernatural -- Fiction.