Lyra Selene weaves a lush and thrilling story of sacrifice, secrets, and star-crossed love set in a Parisian-inspired world where the sun never sets in this remarkable YA fantasy debut.
Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.
So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.
But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to seize what should be her rightful place, she'll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.
An extraordinary, vividly rendered YA debut.
About the Author
Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn't dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she's any good at painting. She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that's probably not haunted. Amber & Dusk was her debut novel.
"A dazzling and romantic feast for the imagination, Amber & Dusk is an intoxicating tale of self-discovery, and magic both sinister and glamorous. An enthralling debut that is impossible to put down." -- Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of the Star-Touched series
"Amber & Dusk is a shimmering tapestry of language, woven through with soaring beauty and subtle menace." -- Sarah Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless
"Selene's clear storytelling skill marks her as an author to watch." -- Booklist
"Full of riotous color, fantastical locations, and surprising plot twists, this novel is sure to delight fans of Graceling and Caraval." -- School Library Journal
"The intensity of energy between Sylvie and Sunder fairly crackles . . . The palace intrigues make this narrative gripping and will have readers eagerly anticipating the conclusion as well as anxious to know what happens next." -- Kirkus Reviews