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The Boy with the Hidden Name

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The Boy with the Hidden Name

Otherworld Series, Book 2

"Benedict Le Fay will betray you. And then he will die."

Betrayal and death—not quite the prophecy Selkie wanted about her first love. A half-faerie princess with a price on her head, Selkie Stewart just wants a little normal in her life. Not another crazy prophecy. Besides, she and Ben are a team. They're the two most wanted individuals in the Otherworld, and fated to bring down the Seelie Fairie Court and put an end to their reign of terror. Nothing can come between them.

Until Ben leaves.
And the sun goes out.
And the chiming bells deafen all of Boston.

The Seelies are coming. And only Selkie can stop them from destroying the world.

Otherworld Series:
The Girl Who Never Was (Book 1)
The Boy With The Hidden Name (Book 2)

What Readers are saying about The Girl Who Never Was:

"Utterly charming...echoes of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, of Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock."—Erika Koch Utsler, Amazon, 5 stars

"This book surprised me with its awesomeness...the voice and the writing blew me away."—AdriAnneMS, Amazon, 5 stars

"Benedict Le Fay will betray you. And then he will die."

Betrayal and death—not quite the prophecy Selkie wanted about her first love. A half-faerie princess with a price on her head, Selkie Stewart just wants a little normal in her life. Not another crazy prophecy. Besides, she and Ben are a team. They're the two most wanted individuals in the Otherworld, and fated to bring down the Seelie Fairie Court and put an end to their reign of terror. Nothing can come between them.

Until Ben leaves.
And the sun goes out.
And the chiming bells deafen all of Boston.

The Seelies are coming. And only Selkie can stop them from destroying the world.

Otherworld Series:
The Girl Who Never Was (Book 1)
The Boy With The Hidden Name (Book 2)

What Readers are saying about The Girl Who Never Was:

"Utterly charming...echoes of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, of Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock."—Erika Koch Utsler, Amazon, 5 stars

"This book surprised me with its awesomeness...the voice and the writing blew me away."—AdriAnneMS, Amazon, 5 stars

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Excerpts-
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    Chapter 1

    "You don't understand, miss," says a little man in an old-fashioned bowler hat who is crawling out from underneath the bench I'm sitting on. "We just really need the book."

    To say that I am annoyed is to put it mildly. All I want to do is sit and eat my ice cream cone, and instead I'm getting stalked by supernatural creatures who keep literally crawling out of the woodwork. I mean that: the other day, a carving on a balustrade at Trinity Church started talking to me. We were there on a field trip, and it was difficult to hide.

    This is what happens when you find out you are half-faerie princess and half-ogre and then try to pretend it never happened and go back to leading a normal life.

    "She doesn't have the book," Kelsey tells the little man, who is now sprawled on his back on Boston Common, legs still hidden under the bench. "How many times do we have to keep telling you? She doesn't have the book."

    The man scowls. "She stole the book."

    "No, I didn't," I snap. "I didn't steal the book. Will Blaxton and Benedict Le Fay stole the book. I just happened to be there." And then I wince at my slip. I have to stop giving up the names of people I care about. There's power in a name.

    The man points at me. "Will Blaxton is always trying to steal books. This is nothing new. He only succeeded because he has you now."

    I bristle. "He doesn't 'have' me. And it was Ben. Ben made the difference."

    "Well, where's Ben then?" asks the man politely.

    The question of the hour, day, week. And if I knew the answer to it, I'd...well, I don't know what I'd do, because I'm angry at Ben for abandoning me on Boston Common after promising never to leave me, all so he could go in search of the missing mother who might or might not be someone we can trust. I know a lot about missing mothers who might be incredibly untrustworthy, since mine is the same way. Not that Ben listened to me about that.

    "I have no idea where he is," I snap. "He's a magical faerie who can jump effortlessly between worlds and into enchantments. How am I supposed to have any idea where he went? And I don't know where Will is, although you ought to try Salem. That's where I was always able to find him. And I don't know where the book is. I'm just trying to eat my ice cream and complain about unreliable faerie quasi-boyfriends like a normal teenager."

    The man frowns at me, his eyes narrow in displeasure. "You're not a normal teenager. You're the fay of the autumnal equinox. You're trouble."

    Don't I know it, I think.

    The man burrows his way into the ground beneath our feet.

    Kelsey, because she's a good best friend who doesn't let herself be fazed when supernatural creatures appear and disappear all around us, licks her ice cream cone and says, "They're persistent, aren't they?"

    ***

    "Here's what I think," Kelsey says the next day at school.

    "That Emerson makes no sense?"

    "That we should celebrate your birthday." Kelsey looks like she is bouncing with excitement over this.

    I stare at her. "Celebrate my birthday? Now? But it's not really my birthday anymore."

    "Correct me if I'm wrong, but have you ever celebrated your birthday before?"

    "No," I admit.

    "So then I think we should celebrate it."

    "My birthday triggered the dissolution of the enchantment that had kept me hidden from evil faeries," I point out. "Doesn't really seem like something to celebrate."

    ...
About the Author-
  • SKYLAR DORSET grew up in Rhode Island (where she still lives), graduated from Boston College and Harvard Law School, and has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Washington, D.C. But she actually spends most of her time living with the characters in her head. She hopes that doesn't make her sound too crazy. Visit her at www.skylardorset.com.
Reviews-
  • School Library Journal "Fans of all thing fae are in for a treat with this follow-up to The Girl Who Never Was...in this rich and vivid sequel, Selkie must put an end to the machinations of her own mother and the Seelie Court-or risk dying.
    "
  • 21st Century Once Upon a Time "With spot-on humour, Wonderland-esque logic, and magical twists and turns, Skylar Dorset's The Boy with the Hidden Name is an example of YA fiction at its best."
  • Little Miss Trainwreck "Dorset has a way of making fantasy blend easily into reality. She seduces readers with her brilliantly crafted worlds and loveable characters. She describes everything so vividly you can almost feel in your senses exactly what the characters are experiencing...These books blended together my favourite genres and created a whirlwind rind of perfection."
  • Imperial Beach Teen "Swoon! Just as gorgeous and magical as the first book."
  • Tome Tender "Skylar Dorset has created a potion filled with all the elements of a wonderful reading escape, from the beautiful world she has created to the loveable characters she has populated it with. The pages will fly by as you devour each page."
  • Fresh Fiction "Every book about faerie folks involves feasts and courts and glamours, royalty and danger. You'll find them all in this exciting and fun Young Adult story THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME by Skylar Dorset."
  • YA Books Central "Skylar Dorset's debut series, Otherworld, is an astoundingly well-done urban fantasy in the style of Neverworld and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. If you're looking to get swept up in a world-spanning fantasy adventure, check out the Otherworld series!"
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