A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Hardcover)
Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners and Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of supernatural forces and intense romance, set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.
With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and sees haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.
To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she'll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there's a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.
In Paris, there's a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.
About the Author
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia, where she suffered from mosquitoes, humidity, and a desperate desire to live in a castle. There were also crazy vegetarian parents involved. Needless to say, she read a lot of books in those days and often composed wretched stories for her sister's amusement. Eventually, she went off to university, got a Masters in marine biology and statistics, and thought she would devote her life to saving the world from overfishing...Until she met a handsome Frenchman, that is.
A year later, when it came to pursuing her PhD or joining aforementioned Frenchman in Europe, Susan chose the latter. With no oceans nearby, she turned her attention to writing for publication. Three years later, her debut novel, "Something Strange and Deadly" was published by HarperCollins.
These days, Susan spends most of her time writing more novels or working with aspiring authors online (she has loads of resources for writers on her blog and in her forums). She also enjoys long walks on the beach-really, she does! Tidal pools are always fun to marine biologists. She also enjoys long walks with her dogs (an Irish setter named Asimov and a terrier mutt named Princess Leia). But most of all, Susan enjoys "reading". Science fiction, fantasy, literary--they're all consumed with enthusiasm.
Oh, and Susan's favorite food is "cookies." She consumes those with enthusiasm, too.
Oh. My. God. IN LOVE! This book takes the walking dead to a whole new level! This whole book keeps you on the edge of your seat… chewing your nails waiting to see what is going to happen next…This book is a MUST read.
-Melissa, bookseller at Mysteries on Mainstreet
Mystery, romance, humor, action, a sure-fire setting: Dennard delivers.
praise for SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY: “From the first page, readers will be awakened to an 1876 Philadelphia replete with animated corpses, irresistible romance and a game of intrigue. Those who enjoy Cassandra Clare’s the Infernal Devices series will be spellbound by Dennard’s macabre and impressive debut.
praise for Something Strange and Deadly: Debut author Dennard deftly weaves together a vast plot blending historical fiction, horror, romance, and mystery. A roaring-and addictive-gothic world.
praise for Something Strange and Deadly: This debut novel is quite compelling and features a plot that moves at breakneck speed. The plot is full of action, betrayal, and romance.
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
praise for Something Strange and Deadly: A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books