Worlds collide in Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down. Elissa Sussman, author of Stray, calls The Marked Girl “a magical debut with a big heart.”
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day LA via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task.
The Marked Girl has humor, heart, and harrowing adventures, perfect for fantasy lovers and reluctant fantasy readers alike.
When three royal refugees from a magical realm are stranded in modern-day Los Angeles, courtesy of an uprising back home and a one-way portal, they befriend aspiring filmmaker Liv Phillips, an orphan who may be the key to finding their way back. Liv feels oddly responsible for Prince Cedric and his companions, but as she helps them search for the legendary scrolls that can open a new portal, she too is marked for death by the malevolent "wraths" tracking the prince's party. In this ambitious yet overcomplicated debut, Klingele turns the typical portal fantasy inside out by bringing her characters to Earth; however, the complex backstory and rapidly expanding cast tend to overwhelm the sense of wonder and excitement she creates. Certain elements, such as the identity of the villain behind Cedric's troubles, and a potential traitor in their midst, are broadly telegraphed, while the simmering romantic elements fail to light much of a spark. It all leads to an unsurprising cliffhanger that leaves much unfinished. Ages 13 up.