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In the fourth "hauntingly affecting historical novel with a touch of magic" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas, exiled Irish queen Maeve and her family battle an otherworldly and deadly evil.

Maeve and her family—her granddaughter Nemain, Nemain's husband Hob, their six-year-old daughter Macha Redmane, and Maeve's lover Jack Brown—have decided it is time to return to Ireland and reclaim her tribal lands. Journeying over the sea, the family finally learns the secrets behind their long exile: a clan of Viking/Scots known as the Norse Gaels, slew the chief warriors and leaders of Maeve's clan through cunning black magic. But in returning to Ireland, Maeve and her family must face the three leaders of the Norse Gaels. These three queens, dark versions of Celtic goddesses, are evil sisters whose powers rival Maeve's own.

When a monster is unleashed upon the countryside, Maeve and Nemain must create a beast of their own, at cost of great sorcerous effort to themselves. With his signature blend of historical adventure and supernatural fantasy, Nicholas' fans will love this rich addition to the series.

Photograph by Kelly Merchant

Douglas Nicholas is an award-winning poet, whose work has appeared in numerous poetry journals, and the author of four previous books, including Something Red and Iron Rose, a collection of poems inspired by New York City. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife Theresa and Yorkshire terrier Tristan.

“Rich in historical detail, this suspenseful coming-of-age fantasy grabs the reader with the facts of life in medieval England and the magic spells woven into its landscape.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A hauntingly affecting historical novel with a touch of magic.”

– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This darkly atmospheric debut novel is well worth its measured plot-building for its horrific, unexpected ending.”

– Library Journal (starred review)

“Debut novelist Douglas Nicholas goes for the throat with Something Red. Rich in history, ankle deep in blood, and packed with brilliant writing and whip-smart plotting.”

– Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin’s Code and Flesh & Bone

“Not for the faint of heart, this pulse pounding page-turner grabs you from the start and never lets you go. A wickedly clever and evocative combination of history, horror, mystery, and magic.”—Booklist

“I love the writing, the vividness and poetic feel, maybe the sheer 'Irishness' of it. Beautifully observed moments abound in this: a waterfall, a snow-filled forest, a mountainscape. The sense of place is overwhelming; every stone, every flower pops out at you.”—Cecelia Holland, New York Times bestselling author of The King's Witch

“I loved Something Red. Douglas Nicholas conjures up the distant thirteenth century with prose as magical as that practiced by his sorceress-queen. This is a stunning debut novel of lyrical power and suspenseful drama. The hair-raising finale will keep you reading far into the night.”—Carol Goodman, national bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages

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