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Beware the Night
When her world divides, Veda must fight against injustice—and the boy she loves.see full description
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On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda Adeline understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, civilian peace and harmony, and a thriving commerce. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.
Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking work and imposing rules. Her close friendship with Nico is Veda’s one saving grace in a cruel world where the division between her people and the ruling Dogio is as wide and winding as the many canals that snake through their island.
But when Veda’s grandfather is chosen as the next sacrificial offering to keep the sun’s favor, his dying words force Veda to see the injustice of Bellonian society. Turning away from the sun means she must join the night—and an underground revolution she’s been taught to fear all her life.
He jumps. Despite knowing what he knows and despite his hands are tied, Vance jumps. He flails and sputters at the water’s surface.
The door, our window down the Offering Canal that leads to the Great Sea, is cranked closed. The ear-piercing scraping of metal on metal, overtakes the silent dome, accenting the small boy’s last moments.
Vance barely makes it past the edge of the island, his lifeless body carried by the current out to open water.
As the door closes and the canal drains, the crowd stands, applauding, praising the day’s Offering.
Forcing my eyes to swallow back tears, I stand out of respect, expectation, but can’t begin to bring my hands together. I scan the blurred faces across the dome from me, straining to find Nico. But it’s no use, there are too many to sift through.
This is the first Offering I’ve attended without him by my side in longer than I care to remember. I realize having Nico near had kept me calm. An empty hopelessness consumes me, the weight of the world, or maybe just that of a five-year-old boy, folds my chest in on itself.
I glance up toward the High Regent’s balcony to gauge his reaction. He’s vanished.
"The first in a series, this fantasy adventure is quickly paced with surprises at every turn and an ending that will leave teens breathless and awaiting more. Fleck has crafted a fully realized world complete with its own history and mythology to immerse her readers. Finely tuned and masterfully written, this is a must-purchase for all fantasy shelves." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Newcomer Fleck has an atmospheric style, noting little details in every passage. Veda is a scrappy heroine, seemingly forever caught between extremes." —Booklist
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“The author has a true voice. Veda is interesting and has depth. Fleck writes in layers, leaving nothing unsurfaced.” —Tricia Norling, Swoon Reader