A Feather So Black (Fair Folk #1) (Paperback)

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This is an engrossing, heady blend of Celtic, Gaelic, and Welsh mythology that is both a brilliant, escapist fantasy and a brutal interrogation of what it is to be a family, the bravery of love, and who gets to wield power. The nature imagery is vivid and visceral as we see the world of Fia, a changeling made of moss and brambles and magic who was turned into a weapon of revenge. Her struggle to find acceptance in a life of isolation eventually forces her on a journey of deceit, romance, betrayal, and self-discovery in a lushly imagined world brimming with potential. 


— Jordan


Set in a world of perilous magic and moonlit forests, this seductive romantic fantasy tells the story of a defiant changeling, her cursed sister, and the dangerous fae lord she must defeat to save her family.

In a kingdom where magic has been lost, Fia is a rare changeling, left behind by the wicked Fair Folk when they stole the high queen's daughter, Eala, and retreated behind the locked gates of the Folk realm. Rather than leave Fia an outcast, the queen takes her in and trains her to be a spy.

When a hidden gate to the realm is discovered, Fia is tasked by the queen to retrieve the princess and break her curse. Accompanying Fia is Prince Rogan, her dearest childhood friend—and Eala’s betrothed. As they journey through the forests of the Folk, Fia’s mission is complicated by her feelings for Rogan…and an unexpected attraction to the fae lord holding Eala captive. 

Soon, Fia begins to question the truth of her origins and the reality of her mission, but time is running out to break Eala's curse. And unraveling the secrets of the past might destroy everything Fia has come to love.

About the Author

Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. She grew up on a steady diet of mythology, folklore, and fantasy, and now writes tall tales of twisted magic, forbidden love, and brooding landscapes. She lives in New England with her husband, daughter, and dog in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. A Feather So Black is her adult debut. 

Praise For…

"Dark and dangerous and teeming with romance, A Feather So Black is an exhilarating adventure that walks the edge of a blade. Truly enchanting."Rachel Gillig, New York Times bestselling author of Two Twisted Crowns

"Opulent and scorching, A Feather So Black transcends the genres of romance and fantasy into a tale that is timeless, blood-spattered, and rich with longing and magic. Selene lured me to the dangers of her fairy world and I never want to leave." —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Tale of the Flower Bride

Darkly enchanting and beautifully written, A Feather So Black is the perfect mix of atmospheric fantasy, heart-stopping action, and delicious romance. —Thea Guanzon, New York Times bestselling author of The Hurricane Wars

I was hooked from the first chapter. Immersive world building, whimsical prose, gripping adventure, and heart-stopping romance, A Feather So Black will definitely be a new romantasy favorite!—A.K. Mulford, bestselling author of The High Mountain Court

"With a breathtaking, sizzling romance, A Feather So Black weaves a twisted fairy tale of thorns and teeth."—K.M. Enright, author of Mistress of Lies

"A Feather So Black is a beautiful nightmare, an eldritch tale steeped in lore and lush with exquisite prose. By turns seductive and heartbreaking, this enthralling journey heralds a new era of fantasy." —Breanne Randall, New York Times bestselling author of the Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic

“Selene makes the world of the fae mysterious, sensual, and enthralling.  Readers ready to graduate from Sarah J. Maas will want to snap this up.”
 —Publisher's Weekly

“Selene smoothly reinterprets the swan-princess fairy tale with surprising reveals that will delight fantasy readers.” 

“A complex heroine, a genuinely compelling love quadrangle, political intrigue, sexy Fae, and lots more.” —Paste Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316564960
ISBN-10: 0316564966
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Fair Folk