- US Edition
A mesmerizing and beautifully written fantasy novel by the author of BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA, described by Kirkus as "epic, musical and tender."
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf — the same creature who attacked and scarred her as a child. To save her father, Echo agrees to the wolf’s ultimatum—to live with him for one year. But there’s more to the wolf than she realizes.
In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, something new, dark, and strange lies behind every door. Within these halls, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, the rooms begin to disappear and Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up — otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.
World rights: Page Street (January 2019)
Starred review from Publishers Weekly
“Meyer (Beneath the Haunting Sea) refreshes the familiar framework with additional fairy tale elements—“Cupid and Psyche,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Tam Lin” among them—producing a compelling, satisfying romantic adventure with metafictional undertones.”
Starred Kirkus review
“Epic and engrossing. Magic pulsates through every page; every landscape in this alternate Siberia lives and breathes … Readers will ache when it’s over and want to start all over again … A lush, captivating new twist on beloved fairy tales.”
Joanna Meyer’s debut, THE HAUNTING SEA, is a classic high-fantasy novel for teens, which will publish on Page Street’s new YA list.
Joanna grew up on classical music and stacks of thick books. She wrote her first story when she was seven, and was published at the age of 13 in the children’s magazine, Stone Soup. She has a degree in piano performance and has been teaching private lessons to children and adults for over half her life. She was awarded an honorable mention in the annual Writers Digest short-story competition.
A reluctant desert-dweller, she lives with her husband in Mesa, Arizona, where it never rains (hence her fascination with the world of this story). She blogs at: http://gamwyn.blogspot.co.uk/p/about.html and tweets at @gamwyn.