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An immortal monster hunter and a royal handmaiden embark on an epic journey to change their fates in this soul-stirring young adult fantasy novel for fans of The Witcher and The Last Unicorn.
By night, the Ankou is a legendary, permanently young mercenary—the most fearsome sword for hire in all of the Five Lands, and its most abiding mystery. But when the sun rises, a dark magic leaves him no more than bones. Cursed with this cycle of death and resurrection, the Ankou wants only to find the final rest that has been prophesied for him, no matter the cost.
When the kingdom of Kaer-Ise is sacked, Flora, handmaiden to the royal family, is assaulted and left for dead. Wounded, heartbroken, and the sole survivor of the massacre, Flora wants desperately to be reunited with the princess she served and loved. She and the Ankou make a deal: He will help Flora find her princess, and train Flora in combat, in exchange for her aid in breaking his curse. But it isn't easy to kill an immortal, especially when their bond begins to deepen into something more . . .
Together, they will solve mysteries, battle monsters, and race against time in this fantasy novel about sacrifice, love, and healing by Elysium Girls author Kate Pentecost.
About the Author
Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, but has lived in many different places. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She currently lives in Houston with her dog, Stevie Nyx, and has plans to build her own black caravan, just for the fun of it. Elysium Girls was her debut young adult fantasy novel.
Praise for That Dark Infinity:
“Unique, haunting, magical!”—Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter
"Original and intriguing.... Discussions of trauma, self-worth, and found family add realistic elements to Flora’s fantastical journey.... This dark romp filled with gruesome imagery is a gripping adventure."—Kirkus Reviews
"Pentecost (Elysium Girls) crafts a robust world with mythological and Oz-evoking influences.... Pentecost’s absorbing plot moves swiftly."—Publishers Weekly
"The premise of the story is interesting, unique, and will draw fantasy fans into the world.... Action and character-driven dialogue will keep readers interested in what happens in this quest."—SLC
"Pentecost, author of the thrilling Elysium Girls (2020), shows her prowess in her sophomore novel, adeptly telling a tale of unusual circumstances. A must-have for fantasy collections."—Booklist
Praise for Elysium Girls:
"Pentecost's ambitious Dust Bowl-inspired dystopia pulses with dramatic scenes.... Captivating."—Publishers Weekly
"Readers who enjoy apocalypse-infused danger will enjoy this neo-Westernized dystopian world filled with the good and evil magic of witches and demons, LGBTQ romance, steampunked mechanics, and hero moments."—SLJ
"The dystopian Western setting is enticing, the girl power is undeniable, and this high-concept adventure has all the right ingredients."—Booklist