The City of Stardust (Hardback)
  • The City of Stardust (Hardback)
  • The City of Stardust (Hardback)
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The City of Stardust (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 25/01/2024
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Waterstones Says

Sinister scholars and fickle gods abound in this bewitching dark fantasy debut which sets a girl on a quest to find her missing mother and break a generations-old curse.

Curses are made to be broken.

Filled with magic, stardust, and a shockingly dark heart, this is a stunning standalone fantasy perfect for fans of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Starless Sea and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

For centuries, Everlys have seen their brightest and best disappear, taken as punishment for a crime no one remembers, for a purpose no one understands. Their tormentor is a woman named Penelope, who never ages, never grows sick - and never forgives a debt.

Ten years ago, Violet Everly's mother left to break the curse, and never returned. Now Violet must find her mother, or she will be taken in her place. Her hunt leads her into a seductive magical underworld of power-hungry scholars, fickle gods, and monsters bent on revenge. And into the path of Penelope's quiet assistant, Aleksander, who she knows cannot be trusted - and yet to whom she finds herself undeniably drawn.

Tied to a very literal deadline, Violet will travel to the edges of the world to find her mother and the key to the city of stardust, where the Everly story began.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781399714204
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A dark dream of a novel, Georgia Summers's debut is like a sweet shop - an elegant, mysterious one - full of all my favorite things: a grand old house, strange magic, deep lore, a family curse, a cabal, a globe criss-crossing heroine, otherworldly beings, and a new mythos that feels both timeless and original. Welcome to The City of Stardust. Enjoy - and also beware. This fairy tale is deadly - Laini Taylor, Sunday Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Strange the Dreamer

A story as darkly wondrous as midnight. Summers brilliantly takes our yearning to open doors to magical new worlds, and twists it into a seductively vicious dream of darkness, blood, and winged horrors. When monsters must be satiated, there is no escaping the choices between love and betrayal; survival and sacrifice. Enthralling to the last page - Shelley Parker-Chan, Sunday Times bestselling author of She Who Became the Sun

In opening The City of Stardust, you enter a Gaiman-esque otherworld of scheming scholars and soul-stealing gods, where a daughter's quest to understand her mother's absence is as compelling as her fight against an ancient curse. The ghost of the city undone by pride and a broken promise haunts every page of this memorable and accomplished debut - Lucy Holland, author of Sistersong

The City of Stardust opens with a haunting prologue that weaves as enchanting a spell as any of the terrible and wonderful magic in the book, and it just gets better from there. Summers' debut is a dark, gorgeous tale of curses, gods and monsters, with the love and loyalty of family at its heart - Sangu Mandanna, bestselling author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

Georgia Summers's fascinating debut, The City of Stardust, draws readers into a compelling story full of magic, curses, keys, and stories. It asks what we would do to break a curse, to close a door, or to open one. Readers who loved The Starless Sea or The Ten Thousand Doors of January will also love this darkly magical book - Kat Howard, author of the Unseen World duology

In this darkly gorgeous tale of yearning and curses, Summers explores the terrible and wonderful power of love in its many forms - enduring, loyal, selfish, toxic, destructive - and what happens when betrayal and survival are but two sides of the same coin. Utterly mesmerising - A. Y. Chao, Number 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Shanghai Immortal

A starry tale of curses, gods and scholars that glitters with magic. Beautifully spellbinding. I never wanted to leave the City of Stardust! - M. A. Kuzniar, author of Midnight in Everwood

A spellbinding and mesmerising tale intricately crafted with writing that glitters. The City of Stardust is like reading V. E. Schwab for the first time - and it's a story that will stay with me for years to come - Bea Fitzgerald, author of Girl, Goddess, Queen

An intoxicating story redolent of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea - The Bookseller

A stunning clarion call of a debut novel that dwells in curses, magic, and gods as it explores the effects of love and betrayal - LoveReading

There's a young girl fighting an ancient family curse, a tremendously chilly villain, and the gothicky atmosphere of corridors and libraries is invigorated by a sweeping trans-continental narrative. Want more? How about monsters, magic, a quest and a mystery? A hugely promising debut; beautifully written as well - Daily Mail

A fantastic slice of escapism that you will not be able to stop yourself from gobbling up - it is an absorbing, stunning, beautifully written book with a magic and dark undercurrent - The Debut Digest

There's a young girl fighting an ancient family curse, a tremendously chilly villain, and the gothicky atmosphere of corridors and libraries is invigorated by a sweeping trans-continental narrative. Want more? How about monsters, magic, a quest and a mystery? A hugely promising debut; beautifully written as well - Daily Mail

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“Incredible world building, lyrical writing, just a perfect fantasy debut.”

This book was absolutely incredible, the best fantasy book i have read this year... I can't believe this is a debut work!
The world building was excellent, the locations and worlds really felt lived in and real.... More

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“Every sentence is a treat to read!”

The City of Stardust is a beautifully written adventure story about family, magic, stardust, secrets, betrayal and power.

The main protagonist Violet craves adventure after growing up reading stories due to being... More

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Anna at Bluewater

“Magical worlds opened in thin air by keys, gods walking among mortals, and a slow burn to end all slow burns.”

love books about books and libraries, and magical worlds hidden in plain sight so this was right up my street - and it had been recommended for fans of The Starless Sea which is my all time favourite book. Although it... More

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