I cannot wait to read this book, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous.
“A mesmerizing whirlwind of a story . . . definitely not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale.” – Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles
The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.
Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.
Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
“[Legrand's] fantasy epic is stuffed with enough thrilling battles, simmering romantic tension, and dramatic pacing to keep readers on the hook.” – Booklist
“Readers will appreciate the in-depth character development and the action-packed pace in this stand-alone novel. . . . In this unique retelling of The Nutcracker, the author weaves the original story and characters together seamlessly with a rich setting and spins a romantic and dark new tale.” – School Library Journal