After suffering the loss of her mother, Eden and her father travel to Safina Island, Georgia, to finally meet family and see the ancestral home. While visiting, Eden finds her mother’s sketchbooks, including one that depicts dark figures and terrifying creatures. Her curiosity gets the best of her when she follows a black cat into a break in the world.
She lands in Everdark, a place rife with the figures from her mother’s sketchbook, but none is as evil as the Witch of Everdark, who wants to keep her for her own. More than once her escape plans are foiled, and she is becoming more dead than alive. In a world where trust is a commodity and magic is a curse, Eden must find solace in the past to get back to her future.
The accent of the Deep South and tight family bonds create a story where love reverberates in the words even as Eden faces the worst of her fears. The gorgeous cover delivers on the magic inside where the author skillfully and honestly addresses slavery and racism in Eden’s past. The spooky setting and dark history make this a perfect choice for fall reading.
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