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Curse of the Specter Queen-A Samantha Knox Novel

Curse of the Specter Queen-A Samantha Knox Novel

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Disney Hyperion

Staff Reviews

Samantha Know knows her way around books. When an unusal book arrives at her shop for much-needed repairs, Sam discovers a secret code whose details mean the end of the world. What follows is a cross-Atlantic journey to Ireland where Sam, her friend, and her childhood crush try to stave off the apocalypse. A fast-paced YA novel with the lore and puzzles that is perfect for fans of Indiana Jones.

— Joe

About the Author

Jenny Elder Moke is the author of Hood, a reimagined take on the classic Robin Hood story. She writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. She worked for several years at an independent publisher in Austin, TX, before realizing she would rather write the manuscripts than read them. She is a member of the Texas Writer’s League and has studied children’s writing with Liz Garton Scanlon. She was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Competition in 2017 for her podcast script, Target. When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver with her husband and two children.

Praise for Curse of the Specter Queen-A Samantha Knox Novel

"A quick pace and an intriguing puzzle give this adventure story page-turning appeal...Aspiring archeologists, lovers of Celtic lore, and puzzle fans of any kind will find this a rollicking transatlantic adventure."——BCCB

"Pure fun from start to finish. Curse of the Specter Queen is a delightful historical romp, riddled with cryptic puzzles, hints of romance, and an adventurous cast of characters. An ideal escape for fans of curses, magic, and mystery."—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Caravel series

"Sam is an appealing heroine: smart, well-read, gutsy, and introspective...[Curse of the Specter Queen is] a fast pace, compelling supernatural mystery, and intriguing historical setting add up to broad appeal."——Kirkus

“Apocalyptic curses, blood-chilling demons, and a centuries-old treasure hunt with a brilliant bookish heroine. Curse of the Spector Queen had me feverishly turning pages until I finally arrived at the epic conclusion.”—Livia Blackburne, New York Times best-selling author of Rosemarked and Midnight Thief

“This lush, high-stakes, adventure tale has it all—a rollicking plot, a sweet slow burn of a romance, and a heroine on an epic journey filled with ciphers, curses, and twists that kept me guessing at every turn. A delightful read from start to finish, Curse of the Specter Queen is one of my new favorites.”—Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals