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In this fantasy thriller, four teens charged with murder and caught up with the illegal use of magic band together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. Now in paperback.

In the city of Kardelle, anyone can call forth magic but with consequences that are often catastrophic, even deadly, the use of edem—extradimensional magic—is outlawed. No one knows this better than seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck, who once succumbed to edem’s lure himself. Now Cayder is on the straight and narrow, and his dream is to become a prosecutor to ensure edem abusers are punished to the fullest extent of the law.

To learn how best to prosecute them, Cayder takes an apprenticeship under a renowned defense attorney so he can understand the tricks of public defense. But when he arrives at Vardean prison, built at the heart of a tear in dimensions from where all magic comes, things aren't so black and white. The criminals he’s meant to defend are teenagers like him, and their stories are complicated. Cayder hadn’t expected to be affected by their stories or to question a justice system he once thought had saved him. And he definitely never expected to plot the ultimate jailbreak, risking everything to free them. But, too late, he realizes no one is who they seem to be and everyone is guilty of something.

Praise for League of Liars:

An Amazon Best Book of the Month – February 2022

“The plot is twisty in satisfying ways . . . [and with] romances, one steamy and one cozy, a fabulous setting, and complex, nuanced characters—what else could one want for a winter night’s reading?” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Expansive and original worldbuilding. . . A smart, suspenseful adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Scholte’s third novel is a mash-up fantasy/legal drama/heist story. . . The worldbuilding [is] interesting . . . [and will] keep readers wondering what will happen next and find out who—or what—is behind these murders.” —School Library Journal

“Scholte's latest tells a story filled with adventure, magic, and mystery, transporting readers to a whole new world filled with a magic system that incorporates the concept of shadows being dangerous and magical. The twists and turns will keep readers engaged.” —Booklist

“Blends legal thriller and action novel in an exploration of morality’s gray areas . . . a mix of first- and third-person perspectives lend depth to the cast.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Bursting with originality and mile-a-minute action, the twists, turns and thrills kept coming!” —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and Aurora Rising

League of Liars has everything you want in your next favorite thriller, from razor-sharp pacing to unforgettable characters and of course, the fresh and immersive world building you’ve come to know and love from Astrid Scholte. Don’t miss this twisty, heart-pounding fantasy!” —Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series
 
“Full of dark intrigue and a thrilling mystery that will ensnare you until the end, League of Liars is everything I love in a story. From its phenomenal crew of misfits you can’t help but root for, to its immersive and enchanting world building, Scholte’s latest will have you savoring every page.” —Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

Praise for The Vanishing Deep:
A 2022 Isinglass Teen Readers' Choice Award Long List Pick
A 2021 Texas Tayshas Reading List Pick

A Spring 2020 Apple Most Anticipated Book

“This riveting YA thriller . . . is among the most exciting stuff being put out in the genre right now.” —Entertainment Weekly

“An immersive, fast-paced story about survival, grief, guilt, and second chances.” —School Library Journal

“Tensions [are kept] high as the characters explore a detailed, inventive, lovingly crafted world . . . the narrative’s sea legs come through deep, resonant characterizations and the characters’ intense emotional inner lives. A seaworthy stand-alone.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Four Dead Queens:
An Indie Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book — March 2019
A Blue Spruce Book Award Nominee – 2020
A Texas Tayshas Reading List Pick – 2020


“A good, devious mix of some of the best fantasy and murder mystery that YA has had to offer recently.” Entertainment Weekly

“Astrid Scholte's propulsive debut YA novel checks all the boxes for an addictive read.” Refinery29

Four Dead Queens is a darkly delicious tale that keeps you in constant suspense. A thrilling, genre-blending book perfect for fans of both fantasy and murder mysteries. I just might be the fifth dead queen because this story—with its labyrinthine twists and turns—slayed me in every possible way.” Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

  • Pages: 464 Pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Imprint: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 9780593112397
Penguin Teen