An island oasis turns deadly when a terrifying legend threatens to kill off visitors one by one in this haunting novel from the highly acclaimed author of The Girl from the Well and the Bone Witch trilogy.
Pristine beaches, lush greenery, and perfect weather, the island of Kisapmata would be the vacation destination...if not for the curse. The Filipino locals speak of it in hushed voices and refuse to step foot on the island. They know the lives it has claimed. They won't be next.
A Hollywood film crew won't be dissuaded. Legend claims a Dreamer god sleeps, waiting to grant unimaginable powers in exchange for eight sacrifices. The producers are determined to document the evidence. And they convince Alon, a local teen, to be their guide.
Within minutes of their arrival, a giant sinkhole appears, revealing a giant balete tree with a mummified corpse entwined in its gnarled branches. And the crew start seeing strange visions. Alon knows they are falling victim to the island's curse. If Alon can't convince them to leave, there is no telling who will survive. Or how much the Dreamer god will destroy...
Creepy and suspenseful, The Sacrifice is perfect for readers looking for:
- Spooky, scary books for young adults
- Horror novels
- Ghost story books for teens
- East Asian folklore
Praise for The Girl from the Well
"Solidly scary and well worth the read."--Booklist
"Chupeco makes a powerful debut with this unsettling ghost story."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
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About the Author
Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained their sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, they keep four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. They've been a technical writer and a travel blogger but now make things up for a living. They are the author of The Girl from the Well, The Suffering, The Bone Witch trilogy, and the A Hundred Names for Magic trilogy. Connect with Rin at rinchupeco.com.
"Rin Chupeco's newest story is as terrifying as it is riveting, and you will not put the book down until you know each character's fate" -- Youth Services Book Review, STARRED Review
"Chupeco creates an environment thick with mystery, full of haunting balete trees and eerie ghost sightings coupled with a legend that dates to Spanish colonization of the Philippines" -- Kirkus Reviews
"This thriller captures the creepiness of classic slow-burn horror movies... Chupeco is a master" -- Booklist
"Chupeco's world building is strong as always, and the island is a potent mix of beauty and danger, a tropical paradise that harbors horrors just below the surface... horror fans are likely to be swept into this deliciously gruesome tale of plant creatures and monsters that lurk within the most unexpected beings" -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Chilling horror elements that coalesce into a bittersweet conclusion" -- Publishers Weekly
"The blisteringly fast pace and Chupeco's deft use of horror tropes to examine broader social themes means The Sacrifice is a horror tale that goes down easy." -- Paste