Winner of the 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, from the author of PLAIN KATE
At the very edge of the world live the Shadowed People. And with them live the dead.
There, in the village of Westmost, Otter is born to power. She is the proud daughter of Willow, the greatest binder of the dead in generations. It will be Otter’s job someday to tie the knots of the ward, the only thing that keeps the living safe.
Kestrel is training to be a ranger, one of the brave women who venture into the forest to gather whatever the Shadowed People can’t live without and to fight off whatever dark threat might slip through the ward’s defenses.
And Cricket wants to be a storyteller -- already he shows the knack, the ear -- and already he knows dangerous secrets. But something is very wrong at the edge of the world. Willow’s power seems to be turning inside out. The ward is in danger of falling. And lurking in the shadows, hungry, is a White Hand, the most dangerous of the dead, whose very touch means madness, and worse.
Suspenseful, eerie, and beautifully imagined.
ERIN BOW studied particle physics in college, eventually working at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. She then decided to leave science in order to concentrate on her love of writing. Her first novel, Plain Kate, was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and was the recipient of the 2011 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Her website is www.erinbow.com.
Praise for Plain Kate:
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2011
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2010
Nominee, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2011
Nominee, Sunburst Award, Young Adult category, 2011
Nominee, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2012
"[Plain Kate] demonstrates a mature, haunting artistry . . . The plot unfolds with the swiftness and dramatic urgency of an adventure tale, yet each event has a measured gravity . . . [An] outstanding novel." -The New York Times Book Review
"Original and sometimes disturbing, Plain Kate is a compelling story of dark magic and a remarkable debut by a talented writer." -Quill & Quire, starred review
"Beautiful and haunting, tragic and lovely, this is a book that is as exquisite as it is disquieting." -Canadian Children's Book News