2023 Hugo Award Winner! This is not a traditional fairytale where the maiden is swept away by a romantic prince. Instead, Marra, a convent-raised third-born daughter, is determined to rescue her sister from an abusive tyrant. With assistance from some unexpected allies, including a chicken, a disgraced knight, a cheeky fairy godmother, and a mysterious gravewitch, Marra embarks on three daunting tasks: constructing a bone dog, sewing a nettle cloak, and imprisoning moonlight. But doing the unfathomable is only the start of her journey towards heroism. Brilliant for the YA readers in your cohort.
A dark and compelling fantasy about sisterhood, impossible tasks and the price of power, from award-winning author T. Kingfisher.
After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra ― the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter ― has finally realised that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself.
Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince ― if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.
On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra's family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.