Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List
“This book has three of my favorite things going for it: Edinburgh, unlikely friendship, and the fact that it was written by Victoria Schwab. City of Ghosts takes you on a whirlwind adventure through the streets of Edinburgh and into the Veil. Toss in Jacob's sarcastic humor, Lara's prim and proper Englishness, and a classic Schwab villain and you have a story that is sure to delight readers of any age.”
— Renee Becher, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger.
When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift," she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil -- and herself.
And she'll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
NYT bestselling author Victoria Schwab delivers a thrillingly spooky and action-packed tale of hauntings, history, mystery, and the bond between friends (even if that friend is a ghost . . .).
About the Author
* "There are no wasted words here, and the end result is a darkly precise narrative that feels like a shiver down the spine... this taut creation about the nature of humanity lingers long after its disquieting finale." -- Booklist, starred review
"Schwab's latest seems poised to grab both her adult and teen readers; the world is fascinating... the characters complicated, and the political machinations and emotional depths both charged and compelling... Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Schwab explores the natures of justice and humanity in an assuredly built world with a compelling settings and an intriguing music-based magic. And in August and his Sunai siblings, she introduces a type of monster both sympathetic and terrifying. A cliffhanger ending promises a sequel." -- The Horn Book
"Kate and August both undergo an impressive amount of character development, and fans will like them despite their flaws. Combined with the nonstop action and the author's immersive writing style, this first purchase is sure to be a hit with older teens and fans of urban fantasy." -- School Library Journal
"Schwab has built a strange, captivating alternate America filled with offbeat, fascinating characters... Readers looking for a dangerous and engrossing new world to fall into will find it with this fast-paced, frightening read." -- Publishers Weekly
"The pacing is fast, the narrative enthralling, but it is the depths of the novel -- its acuteness of moral imagination and perception -- that will stay with you afterward. My highest recommendation." -- San Diego Union-Tribune
"Gritty dialogue and realistic scenes of violence will have senior high school students who enjoy The Hunger Games and Divergent series awaiting the next book in this series." -- Voice of Youth Advocates
Praise for A Darker Shade of Magic:
* "Schwab (Vicious) creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy. Confident prose and marvelous touches -- a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine -- bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy... Schwab has given us a gem of a tale that is original in its premise and compelling in its execution. This is a book to treasure." -- Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls Trilogy
"Compulsively readable... her characters make the book. Just as Kell has layers, Lila is a satisfyingly rich invention... With so many worlds on the map, there's plenty left to discover." -- NPR
"A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy... Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown." -- The Independent
"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for A Gathering of Shadows:
* "This is how fantasy should be done." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Addictive and immersive... between [the characters], the vivid setting, and the climactic cliffhanger, Schwab already has us anticipating the rest of the series. [Grade:] A." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy... this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike." -- Booklist