The extraordinary new adult fantasy of magic in our world and the price we pay for it by the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Cassel is cursed. Cursed by the memory of the fourteen year old girl he murdered. Life at school is a constant trial. Life at home even worse. No-one at home is ever going to forget that Cassel is a killer. No-one at home is ever going to forget that he isn't a magic worker.
Cassel's family are one of the big five crime families in America. Ever since magic was prohibited in 1929 magic workers have been driven underground and into crime. And while people still need their touch, their curses, their magical killings, their transformations, times have been hard. His granddad has been driven to drink, his mother is in prison and his brothers detest him as the only one of their family who can't do magic.
But there is a secret at the centre of Cassel's family and he's about to inherit it. It's terrifying and that's the truth.
Holly Black is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens, including THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.
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