The Luminaries

By Susan Dennard

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Publisher Macmillan Imprint Tor/Tor Teen ISBN


The Luminaries

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Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use,Violence: General

A brand new contemporary fantasy world from the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchlands series, Susan Dennard.

Hemlock Falls isn’t like other towns. It’s not on a map, cell phones don’t work there, and you might find a ghost-deer grazing at midnight. It’s also inhabited by the Luminaries, an ancient order charged with guarding the nearby forest. Each night, when nightmares rise, only the Luminaries stand between humanity and these monsters bent on devastation—one clan for each night of the week. Fourteen orders around the globe.

Winnie (of the Wednesday clan) desperately wants to reclaim her family’s standing within the Luminaries. In the four years since her dad was caught as a witch, her family has lived as outcasts. Winnie’s solution? Pass the hunter trials. Then her family will be welcomed in again.

During the first trial, however, Winnie is severely outmatched by the forest’s nightmares. So when a new, unknown monster slaughters a banshee and everyone assumes Winnie did the slaughtering, she doesn’t correct them. Realizing she will never survive the final two trials, Winnie seeks help from her gorgeous ex-friend, Jay Friday, who is no longer a baby-faced boy but the best hunter in Hemlock Falls.

As Winnie’s lies start to pile up around her and bodies start to pile up from the new nightmare, she must protect Hemlock Falls, protect her family’s new status, and protect her heart from a former friend with brutal secrets of his own.

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School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Winnie and her family belong to a secret order that fights monsters. Well, they used to belong. They were kicked out when it was discovered that her dad turned out to be one of their enemies. With Winnie's 16th birthday coming up, she might miss her only chance to enter the Luminary trials to become a monster hunter. Her and her family's futures are at stake. It will take the help of current hottie Jay Friday, who is also her ex—best friend, to get her through more than just the monster trials. With this novel, Dennard has woven a paranormal tale that monster hunters everywhere will enjoy. While there are some romantic feelings discussed, this is a mostly romance-free fantasy, which might be of interest to a lot of readers. The main characters are cis-het and white with some BIPOC side characters. The whole atmosphere of the novel feels like an episode of a 1990s Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode. VERDICT A fun, monster-hunting romp great for fans of paranormal fantasies.—Rena Gibson

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