Enchantée meets Downton Abbey in this atmospheric YA historical fantasy set in nineteenth-century Denmark, where secrets can kill and magic is a deadly gift.
For Marit Olsen, magic is all about strategy: it flows freely through her blood, but every use leaves behind a deadly, ice-like build-up within her veins called the Firn. Marit knows how dangerous it is to let too much Firn build up — after all, it killed her sister — and she has vowed never to use her thread magic. But when Eve, a fellow orphan whom Marit views like a little sister, is adopted by the wealthy Helene Vestergaard, Marit will do anything to stay by Eve’s side. She decides to risk the Firn and uses magic to secure a job as a seamstress in the Vestergaard household.
But Marit has a second, hidden agenda: her father died while working in the Vestergaards’ jewel mines — and it might not have been an accident. The closer Marit gets to the truth about the Vestergaard family, the more she realizes she and everyone she’s come to love are in danger. When she finds herself in the middle of a treacherous deception that goes all the way up to the king of Denmark, magic may be the only thing that can save her — if it doesn’t kill her first.
Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut home.
Murphy is the author of THE DISAPPEARANCES and SPLINTERS OF SCARLET (2020), both young adult historical fantasies published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella.
Murphy currently lives in St. Louis with her family and is at work on her third novel.