MEANWHILE, AT THE RUNES...
Fiction by Molly Lazer
Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards 2018
Honorable Mention, Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018
Semi-Finalist, 2018 Dante Rossetti Award (Chanticleer International Book Awards)
Finalist, 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Nora knows three things: she is a servant, her parents are dead, and she lives in the kitchen house with her adoptive family. But her world is torn apart when she discovers that her birth father has always been right there, living in the house she serves.
This discovery leads Nora to more questions. Why was she thrown in an ash-covered room for asking about her father? Why is a silver-bladed knife the only inheritance from her birth mother? Why is magic forbidden in her household—and throughout the province of the Runes? The answers may not be the ones Nora hoped for, as they threaten a possible romance and her relationship with the adoptive family she loves.
With the announcement of a royal ball, Nora must decide what she is willing to give up in order to claim her stolen birthright, and whether this new life is worth losing her family—and herself.
Released on March 20, 2018 from Fire & Ice YA.
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What people are saying about Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale...
"Lazer has produced a beautiful adaptation that is at once a familiar Cinderella tale as well as a complex, fully-realized unique world in which magic is not always benevolent, evil comes in many guises, and true love is only part of the story. Although the conclusion of the novel seems a bit rushed, the overall impression this book will leave with readers is a sense that there is more to every fairy tale than meets the eye. The worldbuilding is rich, the characters ring true, and the darkness that permeates the novel makes this a deliciously gothic fairy-tale retelling."
-- Jen McConnel, Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Magazine
"Owl Eyes by Molly Lazer is a dark fantasy novel about learning who you are, and knowing who your real family is...In this twisted fairytale, Lazer shows what it truly means to earn your happy ending, and the sacrifices you must endure to survive. Nora was a complex character that I loved reading about. What started off as her being only curious turned into something truly wicked. What’s more, the fact that she inherently followed in her mother’s footsteps, and had even almost given in to her hatred, contrasted with the pure, moral girls that would usually appear in these fairytales...Lazer has created a heroine who had little knowledge about the outside world and morality, a character who was easily led astray by her own emotions. What’s more, incorporating elements such as blood magic adds a layer of darkness to the story, something that I fell in love with. As such, I would recommend it to fans of Milk Teeth and Other Fairy Tales with Bite by Lizella Prescott and Feasts of Fates by Christian A. Brown." 4/5 stars
-- Robin Goodfellow, Readers' Favorite
"The voice of the protagonist and the wonderfully described setting swept me away since page one. Nora, our Cinderella, was much more realistic and flawed than the Disney version of Cinderella...I really enjoyed the fact that it deviated from the original a bit in the characterization of some of them. The motivations of the villains as well were portrayed really well even though it had first person narration, which is a feat that needs to be lauded. The setting was wonderfully detailed and revealed to the reader in bite-sized chunks, which made it come to life. If you’re a fan of retellings, this one should definitely be on your radar...I really wish there was more hype around this book because it is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever had an opportunity to review." 5/5 stars
-- Nandini Bharadwaj, Unputdownable Books
"This deliciously dark, utterly enchanting reimagining of Cinderella has more in common with the gritty Brothers Grimm original than with the pristine Disney version, and yet, even in the midst of a world rife with death, blood magic, and treachery, Lazer manages to weave a masterful tale of family, redemption, and the meaning of love. As fresh as it is powerful, Owl Eyes will cast a spell on you the second you pick it up and refuse to let go long after you complete the final pages. You have never seen a Cinderella quite like this one."
-- Tawni Waters, author of Beauty of the Broken and The Long Ride Home