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Instant New York Times and Indie Bestseller!

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien's own lair--the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks--Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose--one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.

Young Adult
October 8
Penguin Young Readers Group

Customer Reviews

mhanse23 ,


I thought it was a good book that had an ending that I did not see coming. But it felt like it took forever to get there. I also really liked that the book encorporated other languages, but sometimes the book did not tell you what it meant.

Taytay1222 ,

It really is beautiful

This is by far my favorite book. Everything about it is completely and underly obsessive. The characters, the setting, the plot. The authors words melting together so beautifully, it’s like a delicious and tantalizing whisper. I couldn’t stop reading, i finished in a day... :(

m.r.petersen ,

Stole me completely!

This book was out of this world! The beauty of the way she describes the scene brings absolute joy!

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