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This Wicked Fate
This Poison Heart Series, Book 2
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An instant New York Times bestseller!Would you tempt even the most dangerous fate to save the ones you love?Briseis has one chance to save her mother, but she'll need to do the impossible: find the...
An instant New York Times bestseller!Would you tempt even the most dangerous fate to save the ones you love?Briseis has one chance to save her mother, but she'll need to do the impossible: find the...
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  • An instant New York Times bestseller!

    Would you tempt even the most dangerous fate to save the ones you love?


    Briseis has one chance to save her mother, but she'll need to do the impossible: find the last fragment of the deadly Absyrtus Heart. To locate the missing piece, she must turn to the blood relatives she's never known, learn about their secret powers, and take her place in their ancient lineage.
    But Briseis is not the only one who wants the Heart, and her enemies will stop at nothing to fulfill their own ruthless plans. The fates tell of a truly dangerous journey, one that could end in more heartache, more death. Strengthened by the sisterhood of ancient magic, can Briseis harness her power to save the people she loves most?
    Bestselling author Kalynn Bayron continues the story of Briseis and her family's unique magic in the sequel to This Poison Heart.

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  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2022
    Briseis goes on an even riskier journey with more menacing enemies in the sequel to This Poison Heart (2021). Sixteen-year-old Briseis Greene's story continues as she is tasked with reuniting all the pieces of the Absyrtus Heart in order to save Thandie, one of her adoptive moms, who is being held by Hecate in the underworld. Bri finds out that Circe (the biological aunt whose existence she only recently learned of following her supposed death) is actually alive and has been searching for the pieces of the Heart as well. This revelation marks just the beginning of the discoveries and twists that Bri has to deal with: The history of her biological family and their connections to mythological gods go deeper than she realized, and the adversaries she has to face are even more dangerous than everything she's experienced thus far. But saving her mom is paramount, and Bri is willing to do anything and face anyone in order to do so. Readers who were hooked after reading the previous book with its cliffhanger ending will be pleased to follow more of Bri's story. Bayron highlights themes of sisterhood, familial bonds, and intergenerational trauma in this novel centering Black characters. Bri's story showcases how love can help give one the strength and courage needed to confront fears and weather uncomfortable truths. This duology closer delves deeper into mythology while depicting textured, realistic relationships. (Fantasy. 13-18)

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  • Booklist

    May 1, 2022
    Grades 8-12 In Bayron's lushly written sequel to This Poison Heart (2021), Briseis finds herself on a mission to track down a mythical plant--which has been both a legacy and a burden for generations of her biological family, the Colchis clan--to save her mother from the underworld. She has just one moon cycle to find it. Thankfully, her aunt Circe and found-family Marie and Persephone have spent years searching already, so they're not far from success, but traitorous Karter and his family are also searching for the plant and just as close. Bayron cleverly slips feminist versions of Greek mythology into the novel, explaining the origin of the Colchises' gifts and responsibilities as well as the long-simmering conflict between the families. Her descriptions of the plants and environments are deliciously tactile, and the implicit questions about how cultural touchstones like myths skew history are thought provoking. Sharp banter, dynamic characters, and a warm sapphic romance give this even more verve. Teens who grew up on Rick Riordan's mythology-based fantasies will appreciate this earthy, perceptive novel, which satisfyingly wraps up the duology.

    COPYRIGHT(2022) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Foreword Reviews, starred review The book centers Black characters, and its prose sings. . . . This Wicked Fate is a delightful novel about literal Black Girl Magic, found family, and queer love, with adventures and a satisfying twist on Greek mythology.
  • Kirkus Reviews This duology closer delves deeper into mythology while depicting textured, realistic relationships.
  • Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale . . . She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after.
  • Booklist, starred review, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD Flipping the Cinderella tale on its head, Bayron's take challenges patriarchy with kick-butt heroines and a counter-story that will forever change how readers perceive fairy tales.
  • School Library Journal Online, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD Readers looking for dystopia, queer romance, LGBTQ inclusiveness, and women sticking it to the patriarchy will be pleased.
  • Shelf Awareness Pro, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD A queer dystopian fantasy that questions written history and societal expectations.
  • Publishers Weekly Online, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD Bayron's deconstructive reimagining of the classic fairy tale is ambitious, replacing the happily-ever-after with a tragic legacy and a defiant, feminist tone.

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