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Revolution or silence?

In a world where magic is sung, a magically powerful young woman named Cadence must choose between the two. For years, she has been forced to torture her country's disgraced nobility at a powerful queen's bidding.

But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, Cadence must finally make a choice: take a stand to free their country from oppression or follow in the queen's footsteps and become a monster herself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 219 x 148 x 33mm | 454g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374313350
  • 9780374313357
  • 59,764

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A lushly written, immersive fantasy tale about how monstrous we're willing to become to protect ourselves -- and how difficult it can be to learn to fight back. -- Rebecca Schaeffer, author of Not Even Bones

"A darkly shining jewel of a story set in a fascinating new world. This queer romantic fantasy will replay itself in your mind long after you've finished, like an unforgettable melody." -- Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series

Ruinsong is a symphony of my favorite things: powerful girls, glittering gowns, and falling in love across a divide. Julia Ember's masterful storytelling immerses you in a world of ruthless magic and court politics. Utterly bewitching and emotionally devastating in all the best ways, Ruinsong is a queer fantasy that will captivate the heart and inspire the soul. -- C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick

An engaging fantasy novel that will push readers to draw parallels between the narrative and contemporary events and conflicts and, hopefully, empower them to use their own voices to stand up for what they believe in. --
School Library Journal
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About Julia Ember

Born in Chicago but raised in London and Edinburgh, Julia Ember now lives in Seattle with her wife. They are the proud parents of two cats and a very fluffy pony. She has previously worked as a teacher, bookseller, and wedding cake decorator. When she isn't working on her prose fiction, Julia writes for video and app games.
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Rating details

2,196 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 16% (357)
4 36% (783)
3 34% (755)
2 11% (250)
1 2% (51)
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