Among the Beasts & Briars

Amazon Editor’s Pick for Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Goodreads October Pick

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

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Praise for Among the Beasts & Briars

“Ashley Poston’s Among the Beasts & Briars reads like a classical fairy tale in the best way”

— Bookpage (starred review)

“A deliciously dark coming-of-age fairy tale brimming with magic, monsters, and hope.”

— Kirkus Reviews

Among the Beasts & Briars is an utterly enchanting read, brimming with wild magic, whimsy, and heart. I adored every page.”

— Margaret Rogerson, New York Times Bestselling Author of An Enchantment of Ravens