Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: September 14, 2021
A gothic YA fantasy debut about a young woman striving to break her sister’s curse and stop the killing in her small French town
Seventeen-year-old Marie mixes perfumes to sell on market day in her small eighteenth-century French town. She wants to make enough to save a dowry for her sister, Ama, in hopes of Ama marrying well and Marie living in the level of freedom afforded only to spinster aunts. But her perfumes are more than sweet scents in cheap, cut-glass bottles: A certain few are laced with death. Marie laces the perfume delicately—not with poison but with a hint of honeysuckle she’s trained her sister to respond to. Marie marks her victim, and Ama attacks. But she doesn’t attack as a girl. She kills as a beast.
Marking Ama’s victims controls the damage to keep suspicion at bay. But when a young boy turns up dead one morning, Marie is forced to acknowledge she might be losing control of Ama. And if she can’t control her, she’ll have to cure her. Marie knows the only place she’ll find the cure is in the mansion where Ama was cursed in the first place, home of Lord Sebastien LeClaire. But once she gets into the mansion, she discovers dark secrets hidden away—secrets of the curse, of Lord Sebastien . . . and of herself.
This YA gothic fantasy is a great way to start out spooky season. Marie is a strong female heroine doing whatever she can to help her sister. She knows there is a reason why she has suddenly turned dark. While searching for a book of spells that may have the answer she meets Sebastian and his little brother Lucien who is sick. Marie is also hoping that when she finds this book of spells it will also give her a recipe for sure Lucien. I loved this storyline line addition where she befriends these brothers and tries to help them. There were so many cool elements to this story. Gothic fantasy, herbalism, witches, scary woods, werewolves and poison! Check this book out to add to your fall/spooky TBR!
About the Author:
Cyla Panin is an MG, YA and Adult Author who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic.
After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husband, and, of course, reading.
Her YA debut, STALKING SHADOWS will be out with Amulet, Abrams Fall 2021. She is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency.
Giveaway (US Only):
One winner will receive a finished copy of Stalking Shadows. The giveaway starts on September 13th and ends on September 20th.