It is a life-changing deal—and it will end your life as you know it.
Sarah Trevelyan would give anything to regain the power and wealth her family has lost, so she makes a bargain with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. He will give her everything she needs to restore the Trevelyan name, and one hundred years to do it—in exchange for her soul. Fast-forward a hundred years to Tom, who dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School. A professor named Azrael offers him a bargain. Will Sarah be able to stop Tom from making the same mistake? Catherine Fisher’s version of Faust is utterly spellbinding!
Catherine Fisher has had a lifelong fascination with myth and history, and has worked as an archaeologist and a poet, as well as a novelist. She is the author of Incarceron, Sapphique, and the Obsidian Mirror quartet, among many others, was named… More about Catherine Fisher
“Atmospheric landscapes, fast-moving parallel plotlines, and thoughtful meditations on the nature of good, evil, mortality, loyalty, and sacrifice combine for a page-turner a cut above the usual ghost story.”—Booklist
“A dark but graceful parable of temptation, pride, revenge and hope.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fisher . . . spins a spooky story and portrays a ghastly mansion that readers can just about touch, taste, and smell. A book for those who really love atmospheric tales with literary quality.”—SLJ
“Fisher’s evocative prose easily creates a perfectly crafted gothic backdrop to this morality tale, and readers will find this slim but provocative novel an ideal companion for a gloomy afternoon.”—BCCB
“Fisher could give the show 24 a run for its money with her twists and messed up characters.”—Junot Diaz, quoted in The Wall Street Journal