The Ballad of Perilous Graves

    • 3.7 • 23 Ratings
    • $4.99
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Publisher Description

"Funny, wild, witty, and profound.”―Victor LaValle

"A wild and wonderful debut, teeming with music, family and art."New York Times

"Magical, lyrical, gritty, otherworldly…hype like Bayou Classic in the 90s."—P. Djèlí Clark

One of the Best Fantasy Books of 2022: New York TimesOprah DailyVulture; Gizmodo; Boston Public Library

A fun and fantastical love letter to New Orleans unfolds when a battle for the city's soul brews between two young mages, a vengeful wraith, and one powerful song in this wildly imaginative debut. 
Nola is a city full of wonders. A place of sky trolleys and dead cabs, where haints dance the night away and Wise Women help keep the order. To those from Away, Nola might seem strange. To Perilous Graves, it’s simply home.

Perry knows Nola’s rhythm as intimately as his own heartbeat. So when the city’s Great Magician starts appearing in odd places and essential songs are forgotten, Perry knows trouble is afoot.

Nine songs of power have escaped from the piano that maintains the city’s beat, and without them, Nola will fail. Unwilling to watch his home be destroyed, Perry will sacrifice everything to save it. But a storm is brewing, and the Haint of All Haints is awake. Nola’s time might be coming to an end.

Fiction & Literature
June 21
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Ernie_in_2012 ,


The story is saturated with imagination and some of the best storytelling I have ever read. The man knows how to create a world, or in this case, a city or or cities, or…?! More, pleeease!!!

JoanPickle ,


I couldn’t put it down. Trust me, you want to read this.
A wonderfully fantastic tale of magic, death, bravery and the power of love.


What a great book!

The Ballad sneaks up on you, twisting and revealing. Children lead this story, and they do act their ages, yet this is an adult novel. Not as in “adult” but in the sense that the story has layers, depths beyond a straight adventure. Hop on for the ride in an Air Car or a Dead Taxi. Meet a Nola you’ve only suspected might exist.

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