Verge

A deadly curse, two young strangers thrown together by fate, and a road trip through a disunited Kingdom.

The day Rowena Murray was born, 250 starlings fell like stones from the sky. Ever since, she has been marked by Death. First the visions; then her boyfriend died suddenly; now her father, too.

Salvation, Rowena is told, lies to the North: in Culcrith, where her grandmother can save her from the curse. Her mother's farmhand, a young Egyptian man named Halim, is to drive her.

The trip isn't easy. Rowena is rebellious, spiky, and sees bad omens everywhere; Halim is reserved, quiet and prefers to play by the rules; the land is mysterious and treacherous, with people who have married old traditions with new prejudices. The pair's battle of wills may yet develop into an alliance, if they can only let their guards down and let the wild in.

Exploring belief, loyalty and legacies beyond our control, Nadia Attia's thrilling debut is as magnetic and unpredictable as the curse Rowena is racing to escape.

'Had me gripped from start to finish ... timely, horrifying, and hugely entertaining' — Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Dance Tree and The Mercies

ISBN: 9781800810150 | Published: 25 July 2023 | Hardback | 272 pages

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