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One Dark Window - (The Shepherd King) by Rachel Gillig (Paperback)

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"Elspeth Spindle needs more than luck to stay safe in the eerie, mist-locked kingdom she calls home--she needs a monster. She calls him the Nightmare, an ancient, mercurial spirit trapped in her head. He protects her. He keeps her secrets. But nothing comes for free, especially magic. When Elspeth meets a mysterious highwayman on the forest road, her life takes a drastic turn. Thrust into a world of shadow and deception, she joins a dangerous quest to cure the kingdom of the dark magic infecting it. Except the highwayman just so happens to be the King's own nephew, Captain of the Destriers ... and guilty of high treason. He and Elspeth have until Solstice to gather twelve Providence Cards--the keys to the cure. But as the stakes heighten and their undeniable attraction intensifies, Elspeth is forced to face her darkest secret yet: the Nightmare is slowly, darkly, taking over her mind. And she might not be able to stop him"--



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THE FANTASY BOOKTOK SENSATION!

For fans of Uprooted and For the Wolf comes a dark, lushly gothic fantasy about a maiden who must unleash the monster within to save her kingdom--but the monster in her head isn't the only threat lurking.

Elspeth needs a monster. The monster might be her.

Elspeth Spindle needs more than luck to stay safe in the eerie, mist-locked kingdom she calls home--she needs a monster. She calls him the Nightmare, an ancient, mercurial spirit trapped in her head. He protects her. He keeps her secrets.

But nothing comes for free, especially magic.

When Elspeth meets a mysterious highwayman on the forest road, her life takes a drastic turn. Thrust into a world of shadow and deception, she joins a dangerous quest to cure the kingdom of the dark magic infecting it. Except the highwayman just so happens to be the King's own nephew, Captain of the Destriers...and guilty of high treason.

He and Elspeth have until Solstice to gather twelve Providence Cards--the keys to the cure. But as the stakes heighten and their undeniable attraction intensifies, Elspeth is forced to face her darkest secret yet: the Nightmare is slowly, darkly, taking over her mind. And she might not be able to stop him.



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"Thick fog, shifting alliances, and clever magic make the perfect backdrop for a sweeping romance--One Dark Window is enthralling from beginning to shocking end."--Hannah Whitten, NYT bestselling author of For the Wolf

"Elspeth's slow-burn romance with a mysterious highwayman adds depth to the story ... A finely detailed magical system enriches Gillig's debut; fantasy readers will enjoy."--Library Journal

"One Dark Window is a page-turner. Gillig's lush language is somewhat reminiscent of Alix E. Harrow's excellent portal fantasy, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, as well as Robin McKinley's redolent fairytale retellings such as Spindle's End, Beauty, and Deerskin ... a richly detailed and decadent world that at once feels familiar, distinctive, and wistful to the reader."--Chicago Review of Books

"Readers will be enthralled with Elspeth's--and Nightmare's--riveting adventure."--Booklist

"Spooky, lush...Gillig executes familiar fantasy romance tropes with flair."--Paste Magazine

"A beautifully dark fairy tale of blood, rage and bitter choice, that whisked me away to mist-wreathed woods ripe with romance and menace"--Davinia Evans, author of Notorious Sorcerer

"One Dark Window is an evocative tale of romance, mystery and alluring monsters, told in beautifully lush prose. Rachel Gillig has created a story which left me entranced."--Lyndall Clipstone, author of Lakesedge

"An enchanting tale with sharp claws and teeth--Gillig's prose will pull you in and won't let you sleep. Pulse-pounding, darkly whimsical, and aglow with treacherous magic, One Dark Window is everything I love in fantasy and more"--Allison Saft, author of A Far Wilder Magic

"[T]he steamy romance that emerges between Elspeth and Ravyn delights. Fans of Sarah J. Maas, Naomi Novak, and Hannah Whitten will want to check this out."--Publishers Weekly



About the Author



Rachel Gillig was born and raised on the California coast. She is a writer and a teacher, with a B.A. in Literary Theory and Criticism from UC Davis. If she is not ensconced in blankets dreaming up her next novel, Rachel is in her garden or walking with her husband, son, and their poodle, Wally.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.24 (H) x 5.57 (W) x 1.13 (D)
Weight: .84
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Series Title: The Shepherd King
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Number of Pages: 432
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Author: Rachel Gillig
Theme: Dark Fantasy
Language: English
Street Date: January 2, 2024
TCIN: 84060534
UPC: 9780316312486
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1065
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 0.84 pounds
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4.8 out of 5 stars with 17 reviews
100% would recommend
4 recommendations

Definitely worth the read.

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Electra - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
Love the story, the magic system, and the characters. I am not a fantasy reader normally, but I have really enjoyed this one.
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Quick fun and interssting read

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
runlikethedr - 1 month ago
Really great book. Original magic structure
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One Dark Window

5 out of 5 stars
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Andrew - 1 month ago
Very good read if you’re into magic. The book is easy to follow and is definitely some thing I would personally recommend.
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Slow Burn

4 out of 5 stars
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trl - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
Really liked this one! The world building is easy to follow and the story is really intriguing. The main characters have good tension and it doesn’t feel slow or forced. Definitely recommend for fantasy/romantasy lovers who like a slow burn.
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