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The 2nd novel from the winner of the ALA's YA Debut Award is Tamora Pierce meets THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER -- a thrilling fantasy about a thief at a snowbound castle, caught in a simmering rebellion .
In a glamorous castle full of Llyvraneth's elite, Celyn Contrare serves as a lady-in-waiting to shy young Merista Nemair. Her days are spent dressing in velvet, attending Lady Merista, navigating court gossip, and charming noblemen over lavish feasts.
And at night, she picks locks, steals jewels, forges documents, and collects secrets. Because Celyn isn't really a lady-in-waiting; she's not even really Celyn Contrare. She's Digger, a sneak-thief on the run from the king's Inquisition, desperate to escape its cruel instruments and hatred of magic. If she's discovered, it will mean her certain death.
But life as a lady-in-waiting isn't safe either. The devious Lord Daul knows her secret, and he's blackmailing her to serve as his personal spy in the castle. What she discovers-about Daul, about the Nemair, even about her own Lady Merista -- could signal civil war in Llyvraneth. And for a thief trained never to get involved, taking sides could be the most dangerous job yet.
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Elizabeth C. Bunce's first novel, A CURSE DARK AS GOLD, won the ALA's William C. Morris Award for a YA debut. Elizabeth cuts, sews, and embroiders both cloth and stories at her home near Kansas City, Missouri. Please visit her website at www.elizabethcbunce.com.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
What happened? I couldn't slow the images spinning in my mind enough to make sense of them. We'd finished the job; we should have been safe. Tegen had thrown an arm around me and kissed me. I had laughed, the blood rushing through my veins. Hass's clients would have the letters, I'd have fifteen crowns and Tegen would have me. Everything had gone perfectly.
Until the men in the green slammed through the doors and wrenched Tegen off me, a flashing silver blade easing through the separation. A bloom of red sprang up on Tegen's knife, a burst of blackness blinded me, and for a moment I couldn't breathe. And then, Tegen's voice: Digger, run!
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Book Description Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110545136059
Book Description Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0545136059
Book Description Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0545136059