After Lyra — a princess incapable of speech or sound — is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest... disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight — for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an imposter princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests — ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.
A.G. Howard is most at home
when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes,
twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write Splintered while working at a school library. She always wondered what
would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier
tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won
her heart as a child.
A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Her debut YA fantasy, Splintered, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is now available from Amulet Books.