The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones in this thrilling fantasy where four queer teens race to stop a serial killer before their crimes expose the hidden world of faeries to humans.
Choose your player.
The half-fae outcast, desperate for acceptance.
The tempestuous Fury, exiled and hellbent on revenge.
The dutiful prince, determined to earn his place.
The brooding guardian, burdened by a terrible secret.
Each holds a key to solving a series of ritualistic murders that threaten to expose faeries to the human world. But they cannot do it alone. To track down the killer, they will have to form a tenuous alliance, putting their differences - and conflicts - aside.
Failure risks the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. And time is running out.
Time to roll the dice.
When someone starts slaying human-fae hybrids (dubbed "ironborn" for their blood's composition), Toronto teen Arlo Jarsdel knows she should lie low. Though her mother is fae, her father is mortal, and she has yet to mature into any powers she could use to defend herself. The Fae Courts' High King blames the crimes on reckless former Fury and known murderer Nausica Kraken a theory Arlo endorses until Nausica saves her life. Against her better judgment (and despite being grounded), Arlo teams up with Nausica to catch the real culprit. Aiding their investigation are Nevada teen Vehan Lysterne a fae prince who believes the attacks are part of a larger plot and his steward, fellow fae Aurelian Bessel. Sparks fly between Arlo and Nausica , while unrequited love complicates Vehan and Aurelian's already thorny relationship. First in a planned duology, Shuttleworth's queer urban fantasy debut combines figures from Greek myth and European folklore with elements of tabletop RPGs. If the story feels overstuffed, with villains who all but twirl their mustaches, Shuttleworth sensitively tackles the plot's darker elements, including trauma and suicidal ideation, tempering them with tenderness and wry wit. A kaleidoscopic narrative adds depth and drive. Ages 14 up. \n