How can you find your place in the world if you don’t know what world you’re from?
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever.
“Nicely drawn Darcy comes across as a fully developed human, however intriguing her paranormal abilities. The author builds an engaging world, similar to the real Chicago but different enough to tantalize and keep interest high. Entertaining and provocative.”-Kirkus Reviews
“You’ll stay up late reading and you can’t skip to the end to know what happens; there is too much you would miss.” -Romantic Times
The Shadow Society was chosen for the Autumn 2012 Kids’ Indie Next List: “Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers.”
Click here to read the first several chapters of The Shadow Society on several devices, including a Nook and Sony Reader. Go here for a kindle. You will also find excerpts from books by Gennifer Albin, Lish McBride, Ann Aguirre, Elizabeth Fama, and Caragh O’Brien.
Publish Date: October 16, 201
Petra Kronos has a happy, simple life. But it’s never been ordinary.
She has a tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world’s finest astronomical clock. Petra’s life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home- blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and wears them. But why?
Petra doesn’t know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father’s eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father’s clock has powers capable of destroying their world.
Here is my publisher’s official trailer for The Kronos Chronicles.
Also, watch this trailer by Analine Johnson, a teacher and librarian from Texas. This trailer won the School Library Journal Trailee Award in the Educator/Librarian category!
Check out an interview by Marie about The Cabinet of Wonders at Book Expo of America. If you’d like to listen to a brief podcast of that interview, click here. If you’d like to download it, click here.
“Readers … who enjoy literary fantasy are likely to savor Marie Rutkoski’s debut novel, which was inspired by the grisly legend associated with the famous astronomical clock in Prague’s Old Town Square.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Add this heady mix of history and enchantment to the season’s list of astonishly accomplished first novels…[Petra] proves herself a worthy relative of, say, Philip Pullman’s quick-thinking, fearless heroines…Infusions of folklore don’t slow down the fast plot but more deeply entrance readers.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly
“For those who like their fantasy with a splash of history, or their history with a twist of magic, this book is ideal.” —School Library Journal
“The Cabinet of Wonders is just that—a book to get lost in, to be amazed and astonished by, to explore with curiosity and delight.” —Books & Books, Miami, Florida
“Rutkoski’s fantasy features quirky characters, imaginative world building, and a hint of trouble to come that will create demand for the next book in the planned Kronos Chronicles series.” —Booklist
After stealing her father’s eyes back from Prince Rodolfo, Petra Kronos lives in constant danger. She and her tin spider, Astrophil, end up hiding out in London, where she learns more about her magical abilities. London has its charms (like Petra’s attractive fencing master), but Petra needs to get back to Bohemia and her father.
Meanwhile, Prince Rodolfo is trying to locate a powerful object called the Celestial Globe. Petra’s friends, Tomik and Neel, are searching for her and traveling with a band of Gypsies searching for the globe.
The race is on to see who will find the globe first, and who will make it out of this deadly chase alive.
A fun and creative voyage with unexpected twists and energetic turns … . Rutkoski’s creative imagery and beautifully descriptive thoughts create a world that you could happily get lost inside.”–Deseret News
“Rutkoski builds on what worked in the first novel and heightens the stakes… . Strong characters and fast-paced plotting let this compelling installment stand independently, but the ending will leave readers eager for the next.” -Starred, Publishers Weekly
“[Readers will] be engrossed in a tale that is part mystery and part fantasy, with a reveal at the end so grotesque they’ll be clamoring for the next book’s release date. A true original.” —Kirkus Reviews
Upon arriving in the Romany homeland to deliver the Mercator Globes, Petra Kronos, Tomik, and Neel formulate a plan to save Petra’s father, who has been transformed into a Gray Man. But when a long-held secret is revealed, Neel finds himself bound to his country.
The friends are quickly swept up in an epic battle for power. Thrones are at stake. Spies are afoot. Murder is common. Worst of all, Prince Rodolfo is close to becoming emperor, and ruling half of Europe.
How much is Petra willing to sacrifice to defend the people she loves? Her search for answers will take her to castles and cities, through mountains, and even underwater as she tests her strength and gambles her life.