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Penguin, Mar 17, 2011 - Young Adult Fiction - 320 pages
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"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love."—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is extraordinary. And everything starts to change . . .

A National Book Award Finalist 

★ “Exquisite to the final word.”—Booklist, starred review

★ “Both lushly sensual and shivery.”—School Library Journal, starred review

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User Review  - devafagan - LibraryThing

Like poetry! So many lines I just wanted to stop and copy down. A wonderful, distinctive voice. This wasn't a perfect match for me as a reader, but I can see why it has so many fans. Read full review

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User Review  - foggidawn - LibraryThing

Briony Larkin is a witch -- she says so from the beginning -- and this story is her confession. I probably ought to warn you, though, that Briony is not the most reliable narrator in the world, so you ... Read full review

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Franny Billingsley is the award-winning author of four books, including The Folk Keeper--winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction--and Chime, which received six starred reviews and was a National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Law, Franny left the practice of law to write full-time and hasn't yet looked back.

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