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Publisher Description

You think you know these stories, don’t you?

You are wrong.

You don’t know them at all.

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a surprising awakening . . .

A beauty fights like a beast . . .

A boy refuses to become prey . . .

A path to happiness is lost . . . then found again.

New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.


‘Terrifying, chilling, unexpected, and glorious. A must-read for any fairy tale devotee who wants to view classic stories through a new lens’ Medium

‘Sly, subversive and full of teeht—Chainani's reimagining of classic fairytales is an unsettling homage that transports its readers through tales both horrifying and humorous, sweet and scary, and, of course…beastly and beautiful’ Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves

‘THESE STORIES CUT STRAIGHT TO THE HEART and will leave you begging to stay in their shadows just a few pages longer. Prepare to rethink all those happily ever afters . . . and love every minute of it.’ Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lore and the Darkest Minds series

“THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FAIRY TALES GROW UP. Fierce, frightening, satisfying, and empowering, teens will devour this . . . unless it devours them first. I love this book.’ —ADAM GIDWITZ, New York Times bestselling author of_A Tale Dark and Grimm

‘A BRILLIANT REINVENTION OF TALES WE THOUGHT WE KNEW. Soman Chainani gives us the fairy tales we need today. A vibrant and necessary addition to every modern collection.” —Tahereh Mafi

About the author

Soman Chainani is the New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series. The fairy-tale saga has sold over 2.5 million copies, been translated into 29 languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Netflix, which Soman will executive produce.

A graduate of Harvard University, Soman created his own fairy-tale major before he went on to an MFA in film at Columbia University. He has made films that have played all over the world, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, the CAPE Foundation, and the Sun Valley Writers’ Fellowship.

You can visit Soman at www.somanchainani.com or www.schoolforgoodandevil.com

Young Adult
28 September
Fourth Estate

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