Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .
In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.
Review“A sexy, mysterious, and above all, surprising romance between a wonderfully fierce heroine and the last person on earth she should ever love. I devoured this book in one day . . . desperate to finish it, but just as desperate for it never to end.” —Robin Wasserman, author of *The Book of Blood and Shadow*
«The author builds an engaging world, similar to the real Chicago but different enough to tantalize and keep interest high. Entertaining and provocative.» —Kirkus Reviews
«Containing a fantastic plot, realistic characters and two vivid but fundamentally different worlds, Rutkoski’s novel is ultimately about family — what it is and who defines it. You’ll stay up late reading, and you can’t skip to the end to know what happens: There is too much you would miss.» --RT Book Reviews
About the AuthorMarie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe, and The Jewel of the Kalderash. She is a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature, and creative writing. She lives in New York City.