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Starling

by Lesley Livingston

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publisher: HarperCollins
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Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.

About the Author

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen fiction best known for her Wondrous Strange trilogy. Captivated at a young age by stories of the distant past and legendary heroes and warriors, Lesley developed into a full-fledged history buff and mythology geek. Her fascination with ancient Celtic and classical civilizations—spurred on by recently discovered archaeological evidence supporting the existence of female gladiators—inspired Fallon’s story in The Valiant. Lesley holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto and was a principal performer in a Shakespearean theatre company, specializing in performances for teen audiences, for more than a decade. www.lesleylivingston.com. Twitter: @LesLivingston

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 100
Grade:
8 to 17
Editorial Reviews

Praise for Tempestuous: “Livingston’s artistry at creating imaginary worlds that exist side by side with contemporary New York remains strong...fans of the first two entries will gulp this one down with gusto.”

— ALA Booklist

“Thrilling and intense; pulls you along like the inevitable rush toward Ragnarok.”

— Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey series

Praise for Wondrous Strange: “Will capture readers eager for romance, magic, and suspense.”

— ALA Booklist

“Livingston’s intense novel will satisfy eager readers.”

— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Praise for Darklight: “Will enthrall fans, and its cliffhanger ending will leave them screaming for more.”

— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“There are special effects and eye candy galore, making for a quick, pulse-pounding read.”

— Publishers Weekly

Praise for Tempestuous: “The third and final entry in the series that began with Wondrous Strange, this ends the story just right. … The romance! And the battles! And all the Shakespeare! It’s enjoyable [and] well-plotted.”

— Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Tempestuous: “Livingston brings this trilogy to a strong and satisfying conclusion, and readers will enjoy every minute, while wishing it did not have to end.”

— School Library Journal

“I’d recommend anything by Lesley Livingston.”

— Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author, in USA Today article

Praise for Wondrous Strange: “Enchanting ... Readers will revel in the hints of Shakespeare within the text as they are introduced to faerie creatures both familiar and ‘wondrous strange.’”

— School Library Journal

Praise for Darklight: “Readers will delight in the ongoing romance, the glimpses into the Otherworld, and meetings with all four Kings and Queens of Faerie... in the world of Twilight read-alikes, Livingston’s novels stand out.”

— School Library Journal

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Starling

When Mason Starling and the other members of Gosforth Academy’s fencing team find themselves trapped in the gymnasium by a fierce storm, they are uneasy. When vile and vicious creatures pour into the building and attack them, their uneasiness quickly gives way to terror. Then a blond-haired, battle-ready stranger who calls himself the Fennrys Wolf enters the fray. By morning, all signs of the creatures and of the Fennrys Wolf have vanished.

Trying to forget what has happened, Mason finds herself unable to stop thinking about the Fennrys Wolf. When he comes looking for her, the two are drawn to one another. He is, however, truly a man of mystery as he remembers nothing about himself except his name. While Mason tries to help him put together the pieces of his past, her family members are working towards their own goal of fulfilling an ancient prophecy, one that will mean the catastrophic demise of the world as we know it. Unbeknownst to Mason, she and the Fennrys Wolf are at the heart of their plans.

In this first book in her latest series, Lesley Livingston picks up the story of one of the most enigmatic and intriguing characters from Wondrous Strange and its sequels. Here, the Fennrys Wolf’s vulnerability and integrity cast him in a very different light. Livingston gives him a starring role and his amnesia provides the perfect opportunity for him to come into his own as a complex and richly multi-faceted protagonist. Once again, while the book is set in modern-day New York City, the story revolves around elements of Norse mythology that are masterfully woven into the tale and set the stage for the books to come. With its broad assortment of diverse characters, the dramatic tension that always lingers tantalizingly just below the surface and the mythic storyline that marches inexorably towards its startling conclusion, this may be Livingston’s strongest work to date.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2012. Volume 35 No. 4.

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