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Ebonwilde (The Bloodleaf Trilogy) (Hardcover)
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Get ready to be swept away, seduced, and swindled in the wickedly vicious third and final installment in the Bloodleaf series that Laura Sebastian called “enchanting, visceral, and twisty.”
Welcome to Ebonwilde. Come and find me.
Aurelia’s last words haunted Zan. Left with the task of finding and reviving Princess Aurelia, Zan sets off on his own adventure to find her and return the gift she sacrificed for him—her life. But not all is what it seems, and Ebonwilde is more dangerous than anyone can predict.
About the Author
Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre or reading ghost stories with all the lights on. @crysrensmith.
Praise for BLOODLEAF:
“Enchanting, visceral, and twisty, BLOODLEAF is a phantasmagorical wonder that will keep you guessing until the very last page.” New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian
“Eerie, immersive, and fascinating, BLOODLEAF feels like a classic in the making. Readers will be pulled deep into Aurelia's world, and lose sleep alongside her as the deadly mysteries close in.” – Sarah Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless
“Smith weaves together mystery, adventure and a reimagined fairy tale in this bewitching debut. An irresistible, spellbinding story.” –Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen’s Rising
"BLOODLEAF has a good chance of becoming your next YA obsession.” –Entertainment Weekly
"The writing is strong and engaging...romance, danger, and magic make for a winning combination that will keep readers glued to the pages long after bedtime. A lovely, dark, and twisted fantasy for those of who have never quite outgrown fairy tales."–School and Library Journal
"Half-fantasy and half-murder mystery, this novel is a riveting read; Smith delicately plants seemingly insignificant details that become crucial later, and the plot is rife with surprising twists. The magic system is intricate and unique, and the headstrong main character proves again and again that she can make sacrifices to save her loved ones. In addition to the compelling story, deeper themes of religious corruption and variations on motherly love run through the book; the different interpretations of the religious systems between the two countries are particularly thought-provoking. This novel is a well-developed page-turner that will have fans of both the fantasy and mystery genres rushing to finish." –BCCB
"Debut author Smith explores the power of sacrifice in this darkly romantic reimagining of the Brothers Grimm’s “The Goose Girl.” Smith’s rich mythology and affecting love story...and subtly drawn characters illustrate the story’s interest in the difference between piety and goodness." --PW
"A multifaceted scheme, mistaken identity, and a simmering romance will keep readers riveted and dying to know how it all unfolds…. An excellent choice for fans of smart, independent female leads, intriguing fantasy worlds, and a race against the clock to defeat evil." –Booklist
"The plot is breathlessly fast, complete with creepy spirits, a satisfying romance, and complex but clear political twists and turns....Political, romantic, magical, timely, yet also traditionally appealing." –Kirkus
Early Praise for GREYTHORNE:
"GREYTHORNE was a blood-pounding, heart stopping sequel to BLOODLEAF that kept me reading long into the night! This book is an epic fantasy masterpiece! Do not miss out." --Jessica Holleran, White Birch
'While Bloodleaf was a debut that made a big splash Greythorne is a tsunami of a sequel! Nothing had me prepared for ANYTHING that happened in this book; the incredible backstory, the twisty, fast-paced plot, the new characters introduced; this book puts Crystal Smith solidly on the author A-list for Young Adult novels. Carve some time out for this one ASAP." --Nichole Cousins, Still North Books
Praise for BLOODLEAF:
“I am all in my feelings about this book. This book got under my skin and poked at my soul. Bloodleaf is gritty, raw, and dark but it is also beautiful and powerful. Crystal Smith is like the George R.R. Martin of YA. A roundhouse kick to the heart and readers will ask for more—Crystal has a new fan!” – Kim Brock, Joseph Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
“Bloodleaf provides food for thought on our world even while immersing readers in a fully imagined world of its own. The combination of magic and political intrigue make it a great choice for fans of Victoria Aveyard or Susan Dennard.” –Leslie Hawkins, Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, Asheville, NC
“I was so absolutely enthralled with what was going on that I wasn't even thinking more than a sentence ahead. Highly Highly recommend!!” -Nichole Cousins, White Birch Bookseller, North Conway, NH
“BLOODLEAF is one of those rare stories that truly grabbed me from the very first paragraph and never let me go. So much more than a retelling of the Grimm fairy tale the Goose Girl, Crystal Smith has woven a tale of identity, secrets, adventure, magic, and love that I just adored. I cannot wait for what comes next!” – Lauren D’Alessio, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
“Unusually convincing romantic tension and exceptionally dynamic character development. “-- Kenny Brechner, DDG Booksellers, Farmington, ME
“Bloodleaf is an intriguing and suspenseful fantasy, sure to be popular with teen and adult readers. I loved it and am already looking forward to book 2! ’ – Holly Frakes, Schuler Books and Music, Okemos, MI
“Being strong means making important choices in a moment— Aurelia has to abandon her emotional and physical comforts, and her family to save her kingdom. Through complicated magic and courage, Aurelia shows us how believing in yourself, while not being selfish, conjures up a power that brings justice to her world.” – Kira Wizner, Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, NY
“A YA fantasy page turner, Bloodleaf captures all the excitement of a strong princess fighting for her country and her life while exploring her identity.” - Jen Kraar, City of Asylum, Pittsburgh, PA