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Publication Date: 19 Sep 2019
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)
AR: 5.3 UY
|Paperback||2 Apr 2020||
The deathless girls
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A reimagining of the Dracula legend from the point of view of the women taken to be his brides.
This is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula.
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin.
On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.
Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.
They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate...
NOTE : Contains swearing and an attempted rape. Also some animal cruelty. Lil eats a mushroom from the forest that induces visions.
NOTE : YA Book Prize Shortlist 2020
NOTE: Carnegie Medal Longlist 2021
|An atmospheric, dark and occasionally horrific story that has a fantastic sense of place and well-defines the experiences of marginalised people. It does contains swearing and an attempted rape scene, and incidents of cruelty to people and animals. It well complements the Bram Stoker story by humanising and showing the lack of choice available to the "brides of Dracula" who are so briefly mentioned in the original. Should inspire readers to try reading Dracula if they haven't already. On the whole it's a great, gothic read and a worthy addition to vampire lore.|