That Dark Infinity

Kate Pentecost. Little, Brown, $18.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-7595-5783-3
For 300 years, “deathless death” the Ankou, known as Lazarus, has traveled the Five Lands as a mercenary, killing monsters. A lover’s curse makes his immortality a prison wherein each day he becomes a skeleton that haunts the space between life and death. When Lazarus, eternally 19, rescues brutalized 19-year-old Florelle Tannett, handmaiden to the royal princess of Kaer-Ise, she becomes his apprentice—and the potential key to a foretelling that could break his curse. Together, the two travel in search of the Kaer-Iseroyal family and a prophesied temple, meeting with extraordinary beasts, automatons, and a lightning mage, and outrunning an ominous disease that threatens to consume Lazarus. Pentecost (Elysium Girls) crafts a robust world with mythological and Oz-evoking influences. Switching points of view between meticulously drawn characterizations of Florelle, assumed white, and olive-skinned Lazarus, Pentecost’s absorbing plot moves swiftly as the two meet a series of otherworldly challenges. Instances of sexual violence and mental illness are found in the novel alongside prominent themes of healing and friendship. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 08/18/2021
Release date: 10/19/2021
Genre: Children's
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