DEBUT NOVEL WITH TIMELY FEMINIST AND QUEER THEMES: Malice is a subversive fairy tale, delivering what readers love about these stories—but also what they never delivered before: queer romance, a feminist look at themes of consent and heteronormativity, and powerful heroines.
WITCHY WOMEN ARE ALL OVER POP CULTURE: Witchcraft is a pop culture sensation, from Sabrina to Charmed (both rebooted in 2019 in response to this trend), and MALICE’s heroine is an answer to readers’ desires for darkly magical women who unapologetically own their power.
ICONIC CHARACTER: The dark fairy from Sleeping Beauty is one of the most famous and beloved in literature and pop culture (also immortalized in the Disney film Maleficent), and MALICE delivers an original new vision of her.
DEL REY’S SUCCESS WITH PUBLISHING REIMAGINED FAIRY TALES continues, building upon sensations such as Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and Spinning Silver, and Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale.
AUTHOR IS A LIBRARIAN: Heather Walter is a former middle school English teacher and is currently a librarian in Austin,Texas.
“The villain takes center stage in Walter’s superlative debut, a refreshing spin on Sleeping Beauty. . . . Fairy tale lovers of all ages will be thrilled.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A truly original and clever retelling of a classic that had me racing to the end—you’ll never look at ‘Sleeping Beauty’ the same way again.”—S. A. Chakraborty, author of the bestselling Daevabad trilogy
“Absolutely dazzling! Full of love, power, and betrayal, Malice is as compelling as a spell, as captivating as an enchantment, and as fascinating and delicious as a fairy-tale curse. I loved it!”—Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of the Queens of Renthia series
“Malice is the dark and wicked heart of a fairy tale carved into a book. This story is beautiful, vicious magic.”—Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand
“A beautifully imaginative and feminist retelling of a fairy tale so often swept into the dark…Walter’s debut was engrossing from page one, with a striking cast of characters, thrilling romance, and a world so vivid it will wrap thorns around your dreams.”—Roshani Chokshi, author of The Gilded Wolves
“I spent a lot of late nights getting lost in this world of sorcery, intrigue, and—of course—true love. I’m sure I won’t be the only one!”—Richelle Mead, internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy
“Lively characters, a tempting sapphic romance, and a richly built world make this a book to savor.”—Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
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