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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781035420995

Price: £10.99

ON SALE: 25th June 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

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‘A fresh, gritty world bursting with wonderful characters’ALLISON SAFT, author of A Far Wilder Magic
A fast-paced thrill ride with immersive worldbuilding’ FRANCES WHITE, author of Voyage of the Damned

As a witch in the walled city of Chernograd, Kosara has plenty of practice treating lycanthrope bites, bargaining with kikimoras, and slaying bloodsucking upirs. There’s only one monster she can’t defeat: her ex, the Zmey, known as the Tsar of Monsters. She’s defied him one too many times and now he’s hunting her. Betrayed by someone close to her, Kosara’s only choice is to trade her shadow-the source of her powers-for a quick escape.

Unfortunately, Kosara soon develops the deadly sickness that plagues shadowless witches-and only reclaiming her magic can cure her. To find it, she’s forced to team up with a suspiciously honorable detective. Even worse, all the clues point in a single direction: To get her shadow back, Kosara will have to face the Foul Days’ biggest threats without it. And she’s only got twelve days.

But in a city where everyone is out for themselves, who can Kosara trust to assist her in outwitting the biggest monster from her past?

A brilliant modern fantasy that’s not afraid to show its teeth.’ ED MCDONALD, author of The Redwinter Chronicles

Early reader reviews:
‘This is a must read! Honestly I can’t wait to read whatever Ms. Dimova comes up with next!’
‘Delightfully witty and utterly charming’
‘A truly breathless romp that grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let go’
‘If you are unfamiliar with Balkan folklore, this is an excellent starting point.’