Centuries ago, the Vale was split in two in a war between witches. Ever since, an evil darkness has been climbing out of the Break, infecting everything it touches. The people of the Vale fight it with discs made of lightning — and with an ancient spell. Brier Skystone is the youngest, most talented lightning harvester the Vale’s ever seen. Her twin sister, Thorn, is a sensitive artist who’s braver than even she knows. And young Queen Celestyna Hightower is determined to be Mender of the Break, the last of her family to bear the weight of anchoring the spell — which is really more of a curse.
As the darkness keeps coming, these three girls will each undertake their own perilous journeys to try to save their home — and each quest reveals an electrifying surprise. Perhaps they’ve been fighting the wrong monster all along. New York Times-bestselling author Claire Legrand creates an intricate and layered world full of unicorns, witches, mistbirds, grifflets, and unlikely heroes — with an appearance by the legendary witch Quicksilver Foxheart — in this stand-alone companion to Foxheart which explores what it means to be brave, and the destructive force of war on nature and community. Fast-paced, memorable, and surprising, Thornlight is a perfect introduction to Claire Legrand’s work and will appeal to fans of Kelly Barnhill and Jessica Townsend.
"Thorn’s story comprises mostly rousing, if perilous adventure, a nascent lesbian crush, and some sad losses, but Celestyna’s arc concerns the royal curse that fights the Gulgot and contains violence at odds with the otherwise family-friendly story. Thorn may not recognize her own strength, but the many depictions of family, especially sisters, make it clear to readers that the gentle heart is the stronger one." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Publication Date||Apr 20, 2021|