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Four Dead Queens

Astrid Scholte



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Allen & Unwin
04 March 2019
SHORTLISTED: CBCA 2020 Awards, Book of the Year, Older Readers
Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara's most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara's queens being murdered.

With no other choices and on the run from her former employer, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, and together they race to discover who has killed the queens. But when dark secrets threaten their reluctant partnership and put everything at stake, Keralie and Varin must use all their daring to stay alive and untangle the mysteries behind the nation's four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   424g
ISBN:   9781760524418
ISBN 10:   1760524417
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 13 to 18 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age. She's spent the last ten years working in film, animation and television as both an artist and manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron's Avatar, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and Happy Feet 2 by George Miller. She's a visual writer and aims to capture the vivid stories that play like movies in her head. When she's not writing, she's painting her favourite fictional characters and obliging her furry overlords, Lilo and Mickey. She lives in Melbourne.

Reviews for Four Dead Queens

'Astrid Scholte breaks into the fantasy genre with a triumphant, exciting debut that will keep readers guessing all the way to final chapter. Four Dead Queens is not to be missed!' -Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Give the Dark my Love 'A cinematic thrill ride brimming with murder, mayhem, and twists that will shock you, Four Dead Queens is sure to be your next obsession. Absolutely riveting.' - Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series 'Four Dead Queens is a wild ride. It's fast paced, thrilling, mysterious fantasy - fantasy at it's best - with twists and turns you won't see coming and a rich and detailed world that hooks you from the first page.' - Kids' Books Review 'A good, devious mix of some of the best fantasy and murder mystery that YA has had to offer recently.' - Entertainment Weekly 'Scholte has created an intrigue-heavy adventure in a world filled with characters whom readers will want to revisit.' - Publishers Weekly

  • Long-listed for Best Book for Older Readers 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Book for Older Readers 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Young Adult Crime Fiction 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for CBCA Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Winner of CBCA Awards 2020 (Australia)

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