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About the Author
Kerstin Hall is the author of The Border Keeper, Second Spear, and Star Eater. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

A LitHub most anticipated book of 2024

Praise for Kerstin Hall

"This twisty example of the new weird genre examines love, loss and loyalty, packing skillful world-building and a powerful emotional punch."--The Guardian on The Border Keeper

"Eerie, suspenseful. . . Cinematically visceral, with pages soaked in sensory detail, atmosphere, and the tense promise of danger." --Booklist, starred review on Second Spear

"Systemic power structures built on the back of a dead god, ritualistic cannibalism, and magical disease are balanced with emotional themes of love and regret. . . . Hall's solid worldbuilding and strong prose create an utterly gripping novel that blends the boundaries of horror and fantasy."--Library Journal, starred review on Star Eater

"Written in beautifully agile prose, Star Eater is a layered and incisive examination of power, and Elfreda Raughn its beating heart. Her voice grabbed me from the first page and never let go."--Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls on Star Eater

"Hall paints a lush and haunting world with a terrifying magic that forms the very foundation of society. Gripping and absorbing, Star Eater will leave readers lingering over its themes of heritage and power."--Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter on Star Eater

"Gut-churning, wonderful, and strange--a fantasy that knows where the bodies are buried."--Max Gladstone, coauthor of This Is How You Lose the Time War on Star Eater

"Hall is by turns wry and lush, genuine and venomous."--Max Gladstone, co-author of This is How You Lose the Time War on The Border Keeper

"The intricate, bloody mechanics of Hall's worldbuilding come together with her perfectly assured prose to make an utterly compelling fantasy, both haunted and haunting."--A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name on Star Eater

"A fantasy forged in the belly of dreams. . . . A singular debut."--Indrapramit Das on The Border Keeper

"Lush prose weaves around a dark heart in this twisty debut from Kerstin Hall. A fantastical wonder on every page, but one coated in blood, death and suffering."--Neon Yang on The Border Keeper

"Beautifully and vividly imagined. Eerie, lovely, and surreal."--Ann Leckie on The Border Keeper

"Quite but intricate, shored up by rich prose. . . . Tender and profound."--Publishers Weekly on The Border Keeper

"Rich and strange, populated with children transformed into translucent crabs . . . and glittering parties where the wrong word can kill."--Kirkus Reviews on The Border Keeper

"Exciting horror-fantasy about power, violence, and control, and El's complicated quest to be free of the violent magic system at the sisterhood's core will keep readers compelled from the first page."--Booklist on Star Eater

"The mysterious, dark, and often violent worlds envelop readers in a cacophony of mystery and fantasy."--Library Journal on The Border Keeper

"With parallels to a range of mythologies, Hall's elegant descriptive language evokes a vivid world of lost souls and revenge in this fast-paced fantasy debut."--Booklist on The Border Keeper