cover image Fiendish


Brenna Yovanoff. Razorbill, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-59514-638-0

One moment eight-year-old Clementine was happily playing in her mother’s garden; the next, she was buried alive in a basement closet, the house burning down above her. There she lay, tree roots intertwining with her limbs and hair, before being discovered 10 years later—grown to late-adolescence, her eyes sewn shut, and a bag of powerful magic around her neck, which kept her alive. Ten years ago, the “Reckoning” left Hoax County’s generally benign “craft” magic users either dead, in hiding, or living in fear on the edge of town near the Hollow, where truly dangerous supernatural creatures called fiends supposedly live in the shadows. Now, Clementine tries to discover who put her in that closet (and why) before the Reckoning returns and more innocent blood flows. Yovanoff (Paper Valentine) has a masterful touch with dialogue, and her supernatural world deftly combines Southern tradition with horrors of her own creation. There are a few minor pacing and continuity quirks, but this unnerving story will entice her fans or anyone who loves dark fantasy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (Aug.)