The haunting, romantic lesbian retelling of Cinderella and modern queer classic by award-winning author Malinda Lo--now with an introduction by Holly Black, a letter from the author, a Q&A, and more!
In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Their friendship, as delicate as a new bloom, reawakens Ash's capacity for love--and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing and empowering,Ash beautifully unfolds the connections between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
Evocative. original. atmospheric. -- Waterstones Books Quarterly 20100401 A fascinating novel for mature teens. -- School Librarian 20101001 A book which will have teenagers entranced. -- Carousel 20101101
Malinda Lo graduated from Wellesley College in 1996 with a BA in Economics and Chinese Studies, she worked with Joe Blades at Ballantine for two years