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Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2019.
Every year, Wren is chased through the woods in a twisted version of a game. But those who hunt her don’t know they are really the hunted. The boys who chase her are judges: powerful and frightening pursuers. But they have no idea who she truly is. An augur – their sworn enemy. For Wren is on the hunt, too. She’s at the Harkness Foundation on a mission. While she pretends to be an intern, she’s actually a spy. Her family’s survival depends on exposing a secret, hidden at the enemy HQ. But what with old loyalties, fresh lies and new loves, the game is about to turn deadly…
- Part thriller, part love story, steeped in Irish myth and legend
- Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Teen Book of the Year
- This attention-grabbing debut novel is winning rave reviews
- Weaves the ancient past into the present with dreamy intricacy
“The most superb collection of character and fantasy and love and landscape I have read since Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights.” Hilary McKay
“Throwing romance, magical visions and gruesome rituals into the pot, this is a thrilling and otherworldly depiction of Irish culture.” Sunday Times Magazine
“Beautiful, eerie, dark and dreamy … I haven’t stopped thinking about it.” Melinda Salisbury
“Has a dreamy folk-horror sense about it from the outset: the drubbing of an underlying war drum. A story that unfurls and peels apart like a flower-human hybrid, bleeding as it blooms.” Times Literary Supplement
*Please note this book contains mature content and language more suitable for older readers.
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