Every day, Zoe struggles to keep going. The cruel winter took her father’s life and left her angry and broken hearted. As she carries her little brother through a snowstorm that could kill him in minutes, her only thought is finding shelter. The cabin beyond the woods is far from the place of safety she hoped it would be, but it is there that she meets a man whose muscular body, marked with strange and primitive tattoos, hints at an extraordinary story. He has the power to light up the lake, and with it, Zoe’s world.
Zoe calls the stranger X. He is a bounty hunter, tormented by the evils of his victims, which course through his veins. X has never known anything but hate, until he meets Zoe. She shows him what a heart is really for and, if they can find a way to be together, just maybe, his pain can help Zoe forget her own.
This high-stakes, heart-pounding romance will leave readers breathless for this break-out new series and its sequel.
“A sharp fantasy thriller, and a dark one at that.” – People
“An intriguing start to a new series.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A lot of fun.” – New York Times Book Review
“With imagination and verve, Giles delivers the goods required by the genre.” – Time
“[An] amazingly crafted novel.” – USA Today
“Smartly written fantasy with depth.” – New York Magazine
“A gorgeous, unearthly ride.” – starred review, Shelf Awareness
“A rich and satisfying read on multiple levels.” – Booklist
“Gripping. Utterly original. Beautifully written.” – Peter Jackson, Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies
“Utterly fantastic. Dark, funny, exciting . . . Every human alive should read this book.” – James Dashner, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER
“A fresh and addictive read.” – Kami Garcia, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and author of THE LOVELY RECKLESS
“Sharp, dark, thoughtful and romantic.” – Cassandra Clare, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series
“A dark and suspenseful supernatural thriller that kept me up all night.” – Melissa de la Cruz, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE ISLE OF THE LOST
“Reads like a blend of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and modern-day horror, such as Stranger Things.”- School Library Journal
“An intriguing story that leaves the door open for future books.” – Publishers Weekly
“Readers are advised to dive in now and revel in the star-crossed-lovers glory of it all.” – BCCB
“Fantastical in nature, this story will keep readers interested until the very end.” – School Library Connection
“A wholly-engrossing page-turner.” – VOYA
When their worlds collide, soulmates Zoe and bounty hunter X grapple with the ultimate sacrifice in order to be together in this gripping and cinematic, star-crossed romance series debut