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The Last Tale of the Flower Bride

the haunting, atmospheric gothic page-turner

Roshani Chokshi



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Hodder & Stoughton
09 April 2024


Every fairy tale must come to an end. In the tradition of sumptuous gothic novels like The Cloisters and The Bloody Chambers comes a dark fairy tale-infused story about a cursed friendship and a marriage steeped in secrets - from New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi.

Once, a man who believed in fairy tales married a beautiful, mysterious woman named Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada. In exchange for her love, Indigo extracted a promise: that her bridegroom would never pry into her past.

But when the couple return to Indigo's childhood home, they find the shadow of another girl lurking in the manor's extravagant rooms: Indigo's beloved friend, who disappeared without a trace.

Faced with his wife's dark secrets, the bridegroom is unable to resist breaking his promise. Even if it threatens to destroy their marriage . . . or their lives.

Combining the lush, haunting atmosphere of Mexican Gothic with the dreamy enchantment of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a spellbinding and darkly romantic page-turner about love and lies, secrets and betrayal, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.

'Gorgeous and ornate' HOLLY BLACK

'A fairy tale in the oldest and truest sense' ALIX E. HARROW

'A shimmering tapestry' YANGSZE CHOO

'Dark, haunting, and thrumming with mystery, magic, and love' SUE LYNN TAN

'An opulent, engrossing tale' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

'Darkly gorgeous and utterly entrancing' SHANNON CHAKRABORTY

Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   220g
ISBN:   9781529384086
ISBN 10:   1529384087
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, was on Time's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.

Reviews for The Last Tale of the Flower Bride: the haunting, atmospheric gothic page-turner

Chokshi's tale is as sweet as a piece of fairy fruit, and just as wicked. Every bite is velvet, every swallow is gold, and the taste lingers like a fever dream * V.E. Schwab, internationally bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue * I'm not sure I can capture how much this book moved, gripped, devoured me. Chokshi draws stars from the darkness. An opulent, engrossing tale with all the power of a myth and all the truth of a parable - reading a story like this reminds you why we tell them in the first place * Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mercies * The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is an intoxicating fever dream, an irresistibly seductive fairytale. I've never read anything like it. Chokshi's mastery of her craft is on fully display. This book will leave you utterly spellbound * Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers * The Last Tale of the Flower Bride gripped me from its first chapter and enthralled me till the very end. An utterly breathtaking story - dark, haunting, and thrumming with mystery, magic, and love * Sue Lynn Tan, bestselling author of Daughter of the Moon Goddess * Gorgeous and ornate, this sensual fairy tale illuminates the corrosive and redemptive power of both love and lies * Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book of Night * A shimmering tapestry of intertwined fairytales, told through the secrets of a modern Bluebeard's chamber. The Last Tale of the Flower Bride will enthrall fans of twisty, dark journeys into the secrets of two girls, Indigo and Azure, who are inextricably linked by the perils of a mysterious house where nothing is quite as it seem * Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger * A fairy tale in the oldest and truest sense: a haunting dream full of blood and love, vicious truths and beautiful lies. It swallowed me whole, and I went willingly * Alix E. Harrow, New York Times bestselling author of The Once and Future Witches * Darkly gorgeous and utterly entrancing, Chokshi's adult fairy tale is as deadly as any fable of old; the lush, glittering prose and haunting mystery gilding a story sharper than a huntsman's blade * Shannon Chakraborty, bestselling author of The City of Brass * Roshani Chokshi's The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is an elegant, intoxicating cocktail of a book. Her gorgeous prose builds a fairy tale otherworld around you, one you'll do anything to remain in * Kat Howard, award-winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians * Unworldly, intoxicating-and so, so very enchanting. Each page ripples with the feeling of a dream filled by beauty and terrors alike. This is an intricate character study in finest form * Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of Foul Lady Fortune * The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a novel steeped in tradition - from the gothic genre through world myths and fairy stories - and yet it weaves itself into something fresh and original. I very much enjoyed Chokshi's exploration of the enchantments that can exist within human relationships, the subtleties of friendship, the stories we tell to ourselves, and the lengths we will go to belong. A beautifully conjured tale * Claire Heywood, author of Daughters of Sparta * A unicorn tapestry of folklore, magic, and monsters, woven with the nimblest hand and the most shimmering gilded thread. Roshani Chokshi is a master of all things baroque, sensuous, and mystical * Ava Reid, bestselling author of The Wolf and the Woodsman * A spellbinding gothic fairytale, enveloped in dreamy poetic prose and enigmatic characters. This is a book you'll want to devour and savour, a book you won't be able to put down until the final act leaves you in awe * The Fantasy Hive * The haunting power and rich tradition of the fairy tale combines with a modern Gothic twist in this must-read stunning story. Chosen as a Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month, I have struggled to express how much this novel means to me. I can only recommend it with my heart and soul * LoveReading * The Last Tale of the Flower Bride will haunt me for a long time - Roshani Chokshi has mastered the gothic in this skillfully wrought fairytale of sisterhood, obsession, and possession * Sarah Underwood, author of Lies We Sing to the Sea * Equal parts dizzying, dazzling, and foreboding * Publishers Weekly * This gothic tale is lush and haunting * Booklist, starred review * Recommended for lovers of gothic romance, magical realism, and stories where fairy tales come true * Library Journal * Gorgeously dark and lyrically written, this book will haunt your thoughts in all the best ways * Culturefly * A tale of obsessive, toxic female friendship with heavy sapphic undertones, this novel is set to be one of the most exciting reads of the year * DIVA Magazine * A singular, unforgettable tale of love and magic * Kirkus Starred Review * A delightfully meta fairy tale . . . The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a fine addition to the shelf of novels about ordinary people being seduced by wealth and glamour-but its real strength is the way magic emanates from every exquisitely crafted sentence. . . . It feels like the best conjuring trick ever -- Charlie Jane Anders * Washington Post * I don't know how otherwise to explain this-The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a Scorpio of a book. It is lush and extremely sensual from the very beginning, full of dark secrets and elegance that will sweep you off your feet...The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is an absolutely gorgeous read, with prose like expensive perfume and pearls. You won't want it to ever end. * tor.com * This fantastic fantasy is a gothic fairy tale about a man who marries a mysterious woman who makes him promise never to pry into her past. But when they're forced to return to her family estate, he can't help but be curious... * Book Riot * The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is as enthralling as Indigo: full of mystery and pain with enough flashes of light to enrapture and ensnare. Beautiful prose, complicated characters and terrible discoveries will captivate readers until the chilling end. --Suzanne Krohn, librarian and freelance reviewer. Roshani Chokshi adeptly combines classic gothic and fairytale themes in The Last Tale of the Flower Bride, a captivating novel of twisted love, betrayal and magic * Shelf Awareness Pro * An exquisitely painted fairy tale filled with dark enchantment and an exploration of the monsters within * Buzzfeed * Equal parts fairy tale, friendship story, and an examination of marriage, this gothic tale is lush and haunting. Chokshi, already a best-selling author of children's and YA books, returns to the adult world in this winning, original work. Highly recommended for all fantasy collections * Booklist, Starred Review * Retains Chokshi's signature flair for lavish world-building and plot twists, but the book is concerned with the all-grown-up topic of marriage * today.com * If you like a gothic thriller then you'll love this * Stellar * An intriguing mix of a gothic fairytale and a crime thriller ... I was hooked from the very start * Cosmo * It's very good... A dark love story with a Gothic feel, it recalls the best, most luscious and frightening fairy tales * The Gloss * Finishing The Last Tale of the Flower Bride feels like waking up from a dream where you're not sure what was real and what was your slumbering subconscious playing tricks on you. It's a spellbinding adult debut that weaves a gothic tale of secrets, stories, danger and tragedy. Gorgeously dark and lyrically written, this book will haunt your thoughts in all the best ways * Culturefly * The Last Tale might well be Roshani's first adult novel, but if it's anything to go by, she's found a new corner of the market to take over * Fangirlish * This story of two friends who become obsessed with each other and believe they're living in an enchanted kingdom will enthral you. Whimsical, fairy-like and tinged with darkness * Metro.co.uk * This is a deeply dark but richly entertaining adult debut. Chokshi takes risks in terms of both the dense poetry of her style and the complex web of literary and cultural allusions woven into the story. The demands of the language, with its explosive imagery and multi-layered metaphors, are reminiscent of Angela Carter in its exuberance * ParSec * Haunting and beautifully written, Roshani Chokshi builds an engrossing atmosphere for lovers of fairy and gothic tales * Good Housekeeping *

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