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The Kingdom of Sweets

Erika Johansen



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Bantam (Transworld)
05 December 2023
Bestselling author of The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen journeys to a new kingdom in this brilliant standalone novel - a darkly magical take on the celebrated Christmas story of the Nutcracker...

'Captures the whimsical nature of Tchaikovsky's ballet, whilst at the same time exploring a more sinister thread . . . dark in spirit and gothic in its atmosphere, this is The Nutcracker as you've never known it.'


Light and dark - this is the destiny placed upon Natasha and Clara, the birthright bestowed on them by their godfather, the mysterious sorcerer Drosselmeyer. Clara, the favourite, grows into beauty and ease, while Natasha is cursed to live in her sister's shadow. But one fateful Christmas Eve, Natasha gets her chance at revenge. For Drosselmeyer has returned and brought with him the Nutcracker, an enchanted present which offers entry to a deceptively beautiful world- the Kingdom of Sweets.

In this land of snow and sugar, Natasha is presented with a power far greater than Drosselmeyer- the Sugar Plum Fairy, who is also a giver of gifts . . . and a maker of dread-filled bargains. As Natasha uncovers the dark destiny laid before her birth, she must reckon with powers both earthly and magical . . . and decide to which world she truly belongs.
Imprint:   Bantam (Transworld)
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781787630666
ISBN 10:   1787630668
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ERIKA JOHANSEN grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania before attending the celebrated Iowa Writers Workshop, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. She eventually became an attorney but she never stopped writing. Her debut was the international bestseller, The Queen of the Tearling - the first novel in a remarkable trilogy. This was followed by the acclaimed The Invasion of the Tearling and The Fate of the Tearling. Erika now lives in England.

Reviews for The Kingdom of Sweets

Fantasy, history, and horror make an incredible confection in THE KINGDOM OF SWEETS, a terrifying and sugary take on The Nutcracker that you'll devour as quickly as you can. -- HANNAH WHITTEN, bestselling author of For the Wolf THE KINGDOM OF SWEETS drags you headfirst into its world of horror and whimsy, where the lines between reality, dream, and nightmare are far thinner and more porous than you think. Dark, twisty, and delicious, Johansen will keep you guessing until the curtain falls. -- VAISHNAVI PATEL, bestselling author of Kaikeyi In this gripping reimagining of the holiday classic, Erika Johansen shatters the sugar plum surface of the original Nutcracker to plunge deep into the shadows beneath . . . Johansen entwines love and hate, jealousy and pity, vengeance and forgiveness so tightly, it's impossible to decide which twin to root for . . . gives readers the gift of a compelling and richly imagined story that will keep them turning pages until the last, fully realized twist. -- LIZ MICHALSKI, author of Darling Girl

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