E. Latimer experienced breakout success on the online writing platform Wattpad which has resulted in a fanbase of nearly 90k followers, with over 20 million combined reads. She vlogs weekly on the YA Word Nerds YouTube channel and hosts chats on Twitter. A former children's bookseller, she has published one previous YA novel, The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray. Witches of Ash and Ruin, a tale of modern witchcraft blended with ancient Celtic mythology, is perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic triology.
Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch - plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.
And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester--an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer's motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don't stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.
With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping, mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutal mythology set against a backdrop of contemporary Ireland that's impossible to put down.
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Reviews & Interviews
"Celtic Mythology with a Magical Twist" -- Tor.com
"Witches of Ash and Ruin" -- The Young Folks
"Witches of Ash and Ruin" -- Publisher's Weekly
"Q&A: E. Latimer" -- The Nerd Daily
"Author Interview: E. Latimer" -- Pandora's Books
"2020 Debut Interview: E. Latimer" -- The Book Bratz
Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclustion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.
Vasilisa Petrovna is an unforgettable heroine determined to forge her own path. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.
Katherine Arden's debut novel in the Winternight Trilogy, The Bear and the Nightingale, was nominated for a Campbell Award, a Locus award, and a Vermont Book Award. All three books in the trilogy are NY Times Bestsellers and Winter of the Witch won PASTE'S Best Fantasy Books of the Decade. The Winternight series has been translated into over twenty languages and all three books have been optioned for film. Arden has also written two middle grade horror novels, Small Spaces and Dead Voices. Small Spaces was named a 2018 Best Book by Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and the Chicago Public Library.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of May. Remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or come pick it up in store!
Reviews & Interviews
Winter of the Witch -- Kirkus
The Witch and the Winter King -- Tor.com
The Winter of the Witch -- Bookmarks
Katherine Arden -- Bookpage
On Russian Fairy Tales -- Penguin Random House
It's A Great Time For Female Fantasy Writers -- cInet
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