2011 National Book Award Finalist,
Young People's Literature

Franny Billingsley


Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Franny BillingsleyABOUT THE BOOK

Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.


Franny Billingsley is the award-winning author of three previous books, including The Folk Keeper, which received the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for fiction. A graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Law, she left the practice of law twenty-five years ago to write full time and has never once looked back. She lives with her husband and their two children near Chicago, Illinois.