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Summary

Second novel in the chilling and epic new fantasy series from the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister.  

On Abeth there is only the ice. And the Black Rock.

For generations, the priests of the Black Rock have reached out from their mountain to steer the ice tribes’ fate. With their Hidden God, their magic and their iron, the priests’ rule has never been challenged.

But nobody has ever escaped the Pit of the Missing before.

Yaz has lost her friends and found her enemies. She has a mountain to climb, and even if she can break the Hidden God’s power, her dream of a green world lies impossibly far to the south across a vast emptiness of ice. Before the journey can even start, she has to find out what happened to the ones she loves and save those that can be saved.

Abeth holds its secrets close, but the stars shine brighter for Yaz, and she means to unlock the truth.

To touch the sky, be prepared to climb.

©2021 Mark Lawrence (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to - I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power." (number-one New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce)

"If you like dark you will love Mark Lawrence. And when the light breaks through and it all makes sense, the contrast is gorgeous." (Robin Hobb)

"An excellent writer." (Number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin)

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Even better than the first book!

Wow! I thought The Girl and the Stars was amazing but this book... I wasn’t able to turn it off. The audio narration provided by Helen Duff was as always very enjoyable. Amazing! I know I’ll listen to this a couple more times before the next one comes out.