A Dark and Hollow Star (A Dark and Hollow Star #1)

Ashley Shuttleworth. S&S/McElderry, $19.99 (512p) ISBN 978-1-5344-5367-8
When someone starts slaying human-fae hybrids (dubbed “ironborn” for their blood’s composition), Toronto teen Arlo Jarsdel knows she should lie low. Though her mother is fae, her father is mortal, and she has yet to mature into any powers she could use to defend herself. The Fae Courts’ High King blames the crimes on reckless former Fury and known murderer Nausicaä Kraken—a theory Arlo endorses until Nausicaä saves her life. Against her better judgment (and despite being grounded), Arlo teams up with Nausicaä to catch the real culprit. Aiding their investigation are Nevada teen Vehan Lysterne—a fae prince who believes the attacks are part of a larger plot—and his steward, fellow fae Aurelian Bessel. Sparks fly between Arlo and Nausicaä, while unrequited love complicates Vehan and Aurelian’s already thorny relationship. First in a planned duology, Shuttleworth’s queer urban fantasy debut combines figures from Greek myth and European folklore with elements of tabletop RPGs. If the story feels overstuffed, with villains who all but twirl their mustaches, Shuttleworth sensitively tackles the plot’s darker elements, including trauma and suicidal ideation, tempering them with tenderness and wry wit. A kaleidoscopic narrative adds depth and drive. Ages 14–up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, Emerald City Literary. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 12/30/2020
Release date: 02/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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