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A STUDY IN DROWNING d’Ava Reid

If the monsters are real, so are the women who defeat them. Ava Reid’s YA thriller is Possession meets The Hazel Wood.

A STUDY IN DROWNING
by Ava Reid
HarperTeen, Winter 2023
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)

Architect student Effy Sayre has been called many things—a liar, a tease, a troubled young woman—but Effy is above all a survivor. When Effy sees a flier announcing a competition to design her favorite author Emyrs Myrddin’s family estate, she feels certain this is her destiny. Effy’s tattered, dog-eared copy of his most famous work, Angharad, about a girl who falls in love with the Fairy King, lays permanently on her nightstand. While others read his stories as fiction, she knows something they don’t—the Fairy King is real.
When Effy arrives at Hiraeth Manor in the Bay of Bells, a sinking house at the edge of a hungry sea, she meets a stodgy, young academic, Preston Heloury, who is determined to prove that her favorite author was a fraud. Preston has devoted his life to his studies, and doesn’t believe in destiny or fate… or magic. They immediately commence a rivalry over the reclusive and mysterious dead author’s legacy, piecing together clues through his letters, books, and diary entries, but there are dark forces, both mortal and magical, conspiring against them, and the truth may bring them both to ruin.

Ava Reid was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken, but currently lives in Palo Alto, where the weather is too sunny and the people are too friendly. She has a degree in political science from Barnard College. Her debut adult fantasy, The Wolf and the Woodsman, published in 2021 with Harper Voyager.

THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN de Ava Reid

In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut—inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young woman with hidden powers and a captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.

THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN
by Ava Reid
Harper Voyager, June 2021

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered. But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother. As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.

The convincing enemies-to-lovers romance, fascinating religion-based magic system, and thoughtful examination of zealotry make this a notable debut.” —Publishers Weekly

Ava Reid was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken, but currently lives in Palo Alto, where the weather is too sunny and the people are too friendly. She has a degree in political science from Barnard College, focusing on religion and ethnonationalism. THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN is her debut novel.