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The Beckoning Shadow

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From debut author Katharyn Blair comes a heart-stopping fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and The Young Elites, about a teenage runaway who enters a dangerous tournament with an impossible prize.

Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality-but she's learned the hard way that it's an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love.

But when she earns a spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle it out for a chance to rewrite the past, Vesper finally has a shot to reverse the mistakes that have changed her forever.

She turns to Sam Hardy, a former MMA fighter who's also carrying a tragedy he desperately wants to undo. However, helping heal Sam's heart will mean breaking her own, and the competition forces her to master her powers-powers she has been terrified of since they destroyed her life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 37mm | 585g
  • KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062657615
  • 9780062657619
  • 551,171

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"An extraordinary debut packed with richly drawn characters in a sure-to-entertain storyline." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Interweaving excellent worldbuilding with the uncertainties of discipline, friendship, and taking ownership of one's decisions, Blair's debut will entrance and delight in equal measure." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This story of magic, hope, death, friendship, and family...offer[s] a taste of the mystical, a great voice and dialogue, and well-written questions that address teen angst." -- School Library Journal "Blair provides plenty of action, twists, and duplicity as the story unfolds, incorporating a complicated romance and even discussion of religion along the way." -- ALA Booklist "Part fantasy, part battle royale, this gripping novel builds on the well-loved trope of mutant outcasts with unexplained powers but adds a worthy gladiatorial spin." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "The Beckoning Shadow is a fast-paced, exciting debut with an awesome girl protagonist! I rooted for Vesper as she smashed her way through this vividly imagined story, and was left hoping for more!" -- S.J. Kincaid, New York Times bestselling author of The Diabolic "An absolutely riveting, supercharged story set against a world of secretive and thoroughly badass magic-wielders. I adored Vesper for her toughness and vulnerable heart-I dare you not to fall for her, too." -- Lana Popovic, author of Fierce like a Firestorm
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About Katharyn Blair

Katharyn Blair is a novelist and screenwriter. She graduated with her MFA in 2015 and is finishing her MA in literature. She's been a social media coordinator for several films at 20th Century Fox, an intern at her city's Parks and Recreation Department, a gymnastics coach, and, most recently, a writing professor at Azusa Pacific University. She lives outside of Los Angeles with her family. The Beckoning Shadow is her debut novel.
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Rating details

359 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 29% (103)
4 38% (137)
3 23% (84)
2 7% (26)
1 3% (9)
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