In a forest filled with treacherous beasts, the thing to be most afraid of is closer than you think in this middle grade horror fantasy.
Kestrel, a young huntress, lives in a seemingly endless forest crawling with dangerous beasts. But the most dangerous beasts of all are the Grabbers--beings that are born when you are and stalk you throughout your life, waiting for the perfect moment to snatch and eat you. No one has ever defeated their Grabber once attacked, and those that die from accidents or other creatures are considered "lucky." Kestrel has been tasked by her mother, a powerful and controlling spell-caster, to hunt down the Grabbers in an effort to protect their village in the forest. Accompanied by Pippit, a hilariously bloodthirsty weasel, she hones her skills as she searches for a way out of the forest--and away from the judgmental villagers who despise her. But her own Grabber is creeping ever closer, and nothing in this forest is what it seems...including her mother's true motivations.
August 14, 2018
Charlotte Salter lives in England, and has a Master's in Writing. She loves to tell stories and create dark, fantastical worlds.
★ "Deliciously shivery" —Kirkus
, starred review
★ "[At] the top of the pack of fantasy horror for tween readers. Give this to readers of Neil Gaiman and Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series." — School Library Connection
, starred review
"Gorier than Gaiman, this novel is not for the faint of heart but packs a surprising emotional punch. Buy where complex horror-fantasy for young teens is in demand." —School Library Journal
"Bone-tingling scary." —BCCB
"Hand to readers who
like their plots action-packed, their monsters fanged, and their fairy tales dark." —Booklist