Three generations of women uncover an ancient evil in this epic genre-bending horror-fantasy -- a "fearless" Faustian tale perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs (Cat Winters).
Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations . . .
Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember -- so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?
In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward -- one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.
1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.
Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching . . .
This haunting, captivating, and "delightfully disturbing" mystery redefines horror and fantasy (Kirkus).
Kurtagich (And the Trees Crept In) fuses horror and fantasy in this retelling of the Faust legend that follows two story lines. After her father's death in 1851, 16-year-old Roan Evelyn Eddington moves to a remote mountaintop mansion in Wales to live with her new guardian, Dr. Maudley; his adopted son, Rapley; and fellow wards Seamus and Emma. Rumor has it that Mill House is haunted by its architect's wife, whom locals burned as a witch after many laborers and her own children disappeared. But Roan soon discovers that there is something much darker and more powerful that intends to claim not just their lives but also their souls. Nearly 170 years later, Zoey Root, 16, goes looking for answers in Mill House's ruins after her father journeys there to research his roots and returns "insane, or something like it." The girls' stories unfold in tandem, tension mounting as each uncovers the origins of her magical abilities and the terrible truth about Mill House. Despite a murky central mythology, two shoehorned romances (one straight, one gay), and an abrupt conclusion, Kurtagich delivers a creepy, atmospheric tale of subjugation, female self-empowerment, and redemption. Ages 14 up. Agents: Sarah Davies and Polly Nolan, Greenhouse Literary. \n