A Dream So Dark
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About the Author
"A breakout author." --Entertainment Weekly
"With memorable characters and page-turning thrills, the Nightmare-Verse is the fantasy series I've been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified."
--Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give
"The Alice I never knew I needed. The Alice I was missing. McKinney conjures a Wonderland for those of us who weren't given the looking glass. It is a feat of black girl magic!"
--Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times-bestselling author of The Belles
"McKinney's follow-up to A Blade So Black proves she is a master of urban fantasy... Explosive from start to finish and guaranteed to send readers gleefully down a rabbit hole from which they'll emerge begging for a third installment." --Booklist, starred review
"Complex intrigue... Rousing, nonstop twists help make this sophomore entry a success." --Kirkus Reviews
A Blade So Black
"Mixing elements of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer... a delectable urban twist on beloved fantasy tales." --Entertainment Weekly
"This really is Lewis Carroll by way of Buffy, and it makes for a fun, gritty urban fantasy." --NPR
"I loved the 'our world' framing and the 'other world' adventure so deeply. They were at such odds, but the overall effect was just chefkiss.gif perfect."
--E.K. Johnston, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and A Thousand Nights
"Wholly original and absolutely thrilling--A Blade So Black kicks so much (looking gl)ass."
--Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere
"A dark, thrilling fantasy-meets-contemporary story with a kickass heroine." --Bustle
"Retold fairy tales have been a popular trend... but you've never read one quite like A Blade So Black." --Nerdist
"A brash, refreshing, vitally diverse retelling of a classic... You need this book." --Tor.com
"A Blade So Black is a novel that roars mightily in the face of all those Wonderland tales that have come before. L.L. McKinney is on her way to someplace special with this debut; get onboard now." --Locus magazine
"This isn't a retelling, this is Alice in Wonderland 2.0." --BlackSci-Fi.com
"An epic about Black Girl Magic." --We Need Diverse Books blog
"An explosive, kickass debut... The Alice in Wonderland retelling the world has always needed." --Booklist, starred review
"Relentless action, spiraling stakes, and a fierce heroine... A heartbreaking cliffhanger will leave fans clamoring for a sequel." --Publishers Weekly
"A thrilling, timely novel that ensures readers will be curious for a sequel." --Kirkus Reviews
"With a modern flair, a rich backstory, and just enough emotional heft, this particular looking glass will have readers eagerly falling through it." --The Bulletin
"Teens will root for Alice as a strong, multidimensional black girl usually unseen in YA fiction... A must-purchase." --School Library Journal
"A Blade So Black is a modernized version of a well-known story that retains enough of the original to be lauded by both fans of the classic and readers wholly new to Wonderland." --Shelf Awareness