This Wicked Fate (This Poison Heart) (Hardcover)
July/August 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“A most wonderful follow-up to This Poison Heart. Fall in love with Bri and Marie as they adventure to reunite all the pieces of the heart. I love the Greek mythology Bayron plays with. I couldn’t put it down.”
— Kristin Saner, Fables Books, Goshen, IN
An instant New York Times bestseller!
Would you tempt even the most dangerous fate to save the ones you love?
Briseis has one chance to save her mother, but she’ll need to do the impossible: find the last fragment of the deadly Absyrtus Heart. To locate the missing piece, she must turn to the blood relatives she’s never known, learn about their secret powers, and take her place in their ancient lineage.
But Briseis is not the only one who wants the Heart, and her enemies will stop at nothing to fulfill their own ruthless plans. The fates tell of a truly dangerous journey, one that could end in more heartache, more death. Strengthened by the sisterhood of ancient magic, can Briseis harness her power to save the people she loves most?
Bestselling author Kalynn Bayron continues the story of Briseis and her family’s unique magic in the sequel to This Poison Heart.
About the Author
Kalynn Bayron is the bestselling author of the award-winning YA fantasy Cinderella Is Dead and This Poison Heart. She is a classically trained vocalist and when she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in upstate New York with her family.
“The book centers Black characters, and its prose sings. . . . This Wicked Fate is a delightful novel about literal Black Girl Magic, found family, and queer love, with adventures and a satisfying twist on Greek mythology.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review
“This duology closer delves deeper into mythology while depicting textured, realistic relationships.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sharp banter, dynamic characters, and a warm sapphic romance give this even more verve.” —Booklist
"Kalynn Bayron's writing is alchemy itself, blending contemporary fantasy with a dose of haunting mystery and a dropper of gothic fiction. An intoxicating tale about the power of about Black motherhood and daughterhood, and family bonds that can't be broken. Like the poisonous plants Briseis tends to, This Poison Heart is mesmerizing and beautiful." —Tracy Deonn, New York Times bestselling author of LEGENDBORN, on THIS POISON HEART
“Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale . . . She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after.” —Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“Flipping the Cinderella tale on its head, Bayron's take challenges patriarchy with kick-butt heroines and a counter-story that will forever change how readers perceive fairy tales.” —Booklist, starred review, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“Readers looking for dystopia, queer romance, LGBTQ inclusiveness, and women sticking it to the patriarchy will be pleased.” —School Library Journal Online, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“A queer dystopian fantasy that questions written history and societal expectations.” —Shelf Awareness Pro, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“Bayron's deconstructive reimagining of the classic fairy tale is ambitious, replacing the happily-ever-after with a tragic legacy and a defiant, feminist tone.” —Publishers Weekly Online, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD