A dark, compelling fantasy for readers of The Graveyard Book about a mysterious girl seeking the truth about the magic that brought her to life.
Made of dust and bone and imagination, Irréelle fears she s not quite real. Only the finest magical thread tethers her to life - and to Miss Vesper. But for all her efforts to please her cruel creator, the thread is unravelling. Irréelle is forgetful as she gathers bone dust. She is slow returning from the dark passages beneath the cemetery. Worst of all, she is unmindful of her crooked bones.
When Irréelle makes one final, unforgivable mistake by destroying a frightful creature just brought to life, Miss Vesper threatens to imagine her away once and for all. Defying her creator for the very first time, Irréelle flees to the underside of the graveyard and embarks on an adventure to unearth the mysterious magic that breathes bones to life, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more.
With echoes of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener, debut author Heather Kassner crafts a gorgeously written story humming with magic, mystery, and dark imaginings.
"A beautifully woven gothic treat... A striking debut, & fans of moonlight shining on gravestones should have a wonderful time with this novel." --SciFi Now
"[A] hauntingly atmospheric debut." --The Morning Star
"Gothic and spellbinding... A wonderfully dark yet enchanting read." --A Novel Purpose
"An atmospheric, haunting, and wondrous tale that conjures up memories of Neil Gaiman s Coraline, as well as Victoria Schwab s City of Ghosts, and leaves a trail of goosebumps on your skin." --Sprinkles of Dreams
"This beautifully dark story is chocked full of horror, despair, adventure, and hope." --Readers Enjoy Authors Dreams