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Publisher's Summary

“Beautifully written and deliciously complex…I couldn’t get enough.” (Nicki Pau Preto, author of the Crown of Feathers series)

The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones in this thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto that follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans.

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The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to Earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts - until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.

Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?

Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.

©2021 Ashley Shuttleworth. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Such a Great Experience!

I really truly enjoyed this book. Not only did it have tons of representation of gender, sexuality, and race (honestly, I don't think a single character was straight), but it also genuinely made me laugh out loud with the Characters' quips and antics. Nausicaea is my favourite...she's so sassy.

Anyways, great plot and characters with a hint of mystery and conspiracy mixed into this urban fantasy novel. A little like the The Dark Artifices but entirely focused on the Fair Folk. I highly recommend.

Also, the narrators in this are top notch. I hope they got paid well cause they did such a fantastic job.

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Nice

I was torn on what to rate it. It was good I like the fact their was a lesbian and gay couple both have good chemistry I am curious what could happen next. The romance was cute, the story was interesting, the magic was fun but not full fleshed out in terms of the rules. I like that it is based in Canada an Toronto. the narrators all did an awesome job. yeah just an enjoyable read would recommend for any queer teens who like fantasy.

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OBSESSED

Okay, not only is the actual book just outright spectacular but this audio cast has gone above and beyond to bRING Shuttleworth’s (beautiful) words to full and vibrant life. I can’t even decide which narrator is my favourite because all four of them were perfect. Special shout out to the narrator doing Hero’s chapters because your Lethe voice gave me CHILLS.

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Great book!

This is an amazing book by a fantastic first time author. I can’t wait to read/hear the rest of the series.

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  • Kathleen L. Larsen Williams
  • 2021-06-16

Great Book

Ashley Shuttleworth is my niece and she has always had a wonderful sense of humor and a love of all things magic. Some of the book takes place in the small town that my parents live in and she weaves it into her story. My younger sister called to tell me that she was listening to the book on a drive to my parents and as she was approaching the town, Ashley's book was describing the surroundings...very surreal! I am so proud of her and all the things that she loves comes through in this book. I have both the book and audible version and I have gifted copies to friends. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Beckett Family
  • 2021-09-05

Great narrators

I enjoyed this audiobook. The story involved the Spring and Summer courts of the fae and also the High Rulers. Four royal teenagers and an exiled Fury fight for the protection of both human and iron blood teens, who are going missing or found mutilated and missing their hearts. The story was engrossing, which was greatly helped by the narrator’s. In intense situations, the narrator would hasten the words with a tone of voice that reflected the situation. Excellent narration by all the narrator’s.

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  • Shawn
  • 2021-03-19

great story, can't wait for the next

I enjoyed the story, at first having so many narrators was a little confusing but I settled into it quickly and enjoyed the different styles bringing the story to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-28

Amazing book! Amazing narrators!

I absolutely loved this book, and hearing it narrated by four very talented people was great! Can’t recommend it enough!

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  • ParkerCD
  • 2021-09-19

Defiantly YA LBGT

I thought l must have missed a few somethings in the publisher’s summary because it didn’t mention anything about LBGT. Since I’m not lesbian, I can say this YA book didn’t do it for me but I will recommend it for teens. Nothing blatantly sexual so I wouldn’t think parents would have anything to complain about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-01-03

Really Good!

I decided to listen to this story on a whim and I really enjoyed it!

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  • Happy Customer
  • 2021-12-20

Great storyline

This was a well written book. The characters were well thought out as well. It ended a bit abruptly but a good book

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  • MammonLord
  • 2021-12-12

Very much a first installment

Interesting, endearing characters and a good start of a story. Many of the plot elements don't get resolutions, though. I wish I'd waited a few years to read the whole series at once.

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  • raven darkmoon
  • 2022-05-19

Developer a little more?

I loved it. I usually really struggle with fae based books but this was interesting. The beginning was a little slow but that’s only cuz there was so much world building that needed to be established. A little on the YA side but that’s alright…. It would have been nicer if things had delved into the romances a little more…. I feel like Nox and Arlo really should have addressed the kiss in book 1….. but I’ll let it slide as long as it’s way more in-depth of a romance in book 2. I also really have to say appreciate that there were warning tags before the story began, that’s something that would be nice if more people adapted into their books. I’ll be looking forward to the next book. The voice actors for different characters was pretty nice, I just wish that individual voices belonged to only one actor, that way traits and behaviors stayed the same…. But still worth the time.

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  • Teea Larsen (Lady Montros)
  • 2021-11-17

Love story, charaters.... not alternating readers

love the development of personalities, the way the story hooks you.

however... the inconsistency of what voice belongs to which character is a bit of an annoyance. I suggest only one reader voice specific characters or.... reduce the number of readers. It would make the jumping around from one ongoing occurrence between characters to another one seperately.