The Fractured Grey
|Genre||Young Adult / Fantasy
|Submitted:||Sunday, 15 April 2012
|Read by:||425 different readers
As a young mistress in 15th century Plantagenet England, Cas’s imaginings have never stretched beyond that of her sex or station. That is, until one crazed night, she died.
Cas does not often look to her past; the murky, human memories are loathsome, dull, and full of darker times she’d rather forget. In her new life, her new body, she is untroubled, fierce, strong beyond what is natural to be, and, above all – ruthless.
She has honed herself, shaped her entire resolve, into Winter’s deadliest blade. But the masses are gathering. Someone killed The Lady of The Tides. The Spring King died under mysterious circumstances closely beforehand – and not a soul knows how.
Now her people, the Fey, have one collective finger, and they are pointing it at a child. A seemingly harmless – if not odd – boy. Every court is in uproar; half want him dead, half want to claim him, and Cas, more than anything, wants to stay out of it. It is more than her frigid, cold heart making her shiver; it is more than the frost creeping up her arm sending chills along her skin. Her instincts are screaming at her to run. But her queen, the ruler of Winter, will not let her, and neither will this stranger child.
After almost six hundred years, Cas, allergic to iron, insufferable of heat, and no longer accustomed to humanity, finds herself implicated and dragged back to a world which once saw her dead. She must blend amongst humans and hide her faery face, deceive without lying and hold her secrets close, and pray that her old family don't catch her up. But it's only a matter of time, and as Cas begins to build a fragile, fractured life for herself with her new human friends, she knows she can't run, let alone hide, forever. Even if she has forever.
A novel which tests the boundaries of humanity - what is it exactly, which defines us? And what happens if we lose it?
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