Franny Billingsley - Author

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ISBN 9781101476048 | 320 pages | 17 Mar 2011 | Speak | 12 - AND UP years
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Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is extraordinary. And everything starts to change . . . Chime is a haunting, brilliantly written novel that will stay with you--its magic, its romance, its world like none other.

"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love." -Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Tithe and Ironside

"Exquisite to the final word." — Booklist (starred review)

"Filled with eccentric characters--self-hating Briony foremost--and oddly beautiful language, this is a darkly beguiling fantasy." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The magnificently dark romantic setting and lovely, lyrical language and imagery enhance a novel that is both lushly sensual and shivery. Billingsley’s YA debut is a memorable one." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"…extraordinary and moving. Fantasy fans will appreciate the lush, spooky setting, but romance fans will also likely find the tentative but promising relationship between Briony and the only man around who actually deserves her to be deeply satisfying." — BCCB (starred review)

"'I've confessed to everything and I'd like to be hanged. Now, if you please.' From those arresting first lines to the very last word, readers will find themselves enthralled by 17-year-old Briony as she spins a tale of guilt, mystery, betrayal and, above all, love." — Kirkus (starred review)

"As complex and tightly woven as her protagonist, Billingsley's plot involves mystery, murder, romance, ancient lore, family drama, and sisterly love. Her Swampsea setting is earthy, visceral, and alive, and for all the adolescent self-hatred depicted here, there's also a welcome hyperawareness of the physical world that Billingsley articulates with impressive poetic vigor." — Horn Book (starred review)

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