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Four Dead Queens

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Keralie Corrington is a talented pickpocket in the kingdom of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can't get in their own quadrant. For Quadara is a nation divided into four regions, each strictly separated from the other. Toria, the intellectual quadrant values education and ambition. Ludia, the pleasure quadrant values celebration and passion. Archia, the agricultural quadrant, values simplicity and nature. Eonia, the futurist quadrant values technology, stoicism and harmonious community. Four queens, one from each quadrant, rule as one.
When on Mackiel's orders Keralie steals a particularly valuable item from a messenger, what seems like a routine theft goes horribly wrong. Keralie discovers she's intercepted instructions to murder the queens. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit-valuable information that she can barter with-Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the messenger she stole from, to complete his delivery and uncover the would-be murderer. But with Keralie and Varin each keeping secrets-and the lives of the queens hanging in the balance-everything is at stake, and no one can be trusted.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 415g
  • G.P.Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers'
  • United States
  • English
  • 198481365X
  • 9781984813657
  • 33,548

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Praise for Four Dead Queens:
An Indie Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book-March 2019

"A good, devious mix of some of the best fantasy and murder mystery that YA has had to offer recently." -Entertainment Weekly

"Astrid Scholte's propulsive debut YA novel checks all the boxes for an addictive read." -Refinery29

"Four Dead Queens is a darkly delicious tale that keeps you in constant suspense. A thrilling, genre-blending book perfect for fans of both fantasy and murder mysteries. I just might be the fifth dead queen because this story-with its labyrinthine twists and turns-slayed me in every possible way." -Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

"A cinematic thrill ride brimming with murder, mayhem, and twists that will shock you, Four Dead Queens is sure to be your next obsession. Absolutely riveting."-Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series

"Astrid Scholte breaks into the fantasy genre with a triumphant, exciting debut that will keep readers guessing all the way to final chapter. Four Dead Queens is not to be missed!" -Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Give the Dark My Love

"Scholte's stand-alone debut marks her as an author to watch." -Kirkus Reviews

"Scholte has created an intrigue-heavy adventure in a world filled with characters whom readers will want to revisit." -Publishers Weekly

"Debut author Scholte manipulates multiple points of view and flashbacks to create an action-packed romance." -Booklist

"The story takes unexpected turns, has complicated characters who develop over time, and ends unpredictably .... A recommended addition to young adult fantasy/dystopian collections." -School Library Journal

"A fierce, darkly compelling protagonist...and readers will want to double back to get a better look at the various turns of the enticingly twisting timeline." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Praise for Four Dead Queens:
An Indie Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book—March 2019

“A good, devious mix of some of the best fantasy and murder mystery that YA has had to offer recently.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Astrid Scholte's propulsive debut YA novel checks all the boxes for an addictive read.” —Refinery29

“Four Dead Queens is a darkly delicious tale that keeps you in constant suspense. A thrilling, genre-blending book perfect for fans of both fantasy and murder mysteries. I just might be the fifth dead queen because this story—with its labyrinthine twists and turns—slayed me in every possible way.” —Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

“A cinematic thrill ride brimming with murder, mayhem, and twists that will shock you, Four Dead Queens is sure to be your next obsession. Absolutely riveting.”—Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series

“Astrid Scholte breaks into the fantasy genre with a triumphant, exciting debut that will keep readers guessing all the way to final chapter. Four Dead Queens is not to be missed!” —Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Give the Dark My Love

“Scholte's stand-alone debut marks her as an author to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Scholte has created an intrigue-heavy adventure in a world filled with characters whom readers will want to revisit.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Debut author Scholte manipulates multiple points of view and flashbacks to create an action-packed romance.” —Booklist
 
“The story takes unexpected turns, has complicated characters who develop over time, and ends unpredictably …. A recommended addition to young adult fantasy/dystopian collections.” —School Library Journal

“A fierce, darkly compelling protagonist...and readers will want to double back to get a better look at the various turns of the enticingly twisting timeline.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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About Astrid Scholte

Astrid Scholte's fascination with all things fantasy began at the impressionable age of one while on a family vacation to Disneyland. Her desire to be surrounded by all things magical led her to a career in animation and visual effects. She received Honors in BA (Film, Media and Theater) and a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of NSW. She's spent the last 10 years working in visual effects production as both an artist and an artist manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's AVATAR, Steven Spielberg's THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN and HAPPY FEET 2 by George Miller. ​She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her cats Lilo and Mickey. FOUR DEAD QUEENS is her debut novel.
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4,762 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (1,849)
3 25% (1,189)
2 8% (377)
1 2% (102)
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