League of Liars (Hardcover)
On Our Shelves Now
In this fantasy thriller, four teens charged with murder and caught up with the illegal use of magic band together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and How to Get Away with Murder.
Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal—to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve to be punished as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he’ll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he’s a prosecutor. Then he’ll finally be able to make sure justice is served.
But when he meets the three criminals he’s supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They’re teenagers, like him, and their stories are . . . complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder’s new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension—where all magic comes from.
League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains and danger.
About the Author
Astrid Scholte was raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, and knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age. She’s spent the last fourteen years working in film, animation and television as both an artist and a manager. Career highlights include working on James Cameron’s Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and Disney’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her fiancé and two cats, Lilo and Mickey. Her debut young adult novel, Four Dead Queens, was an international bestseller and award winner. You can find her posting about books, cats and Disney on Twitter and Instagram @AstridScholte.
Praise for League of Liars:
An Amazon Best Book of the Month – February 2022
“The plot is twisty in satisfying ways . . . [and with] romances, one steamy and one cozy, a fabulous setting, and complex, nuanced characters—what else could one want for a winter night’s reading?” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Expansive and original worldbuilding. . . A smart, suspenseful adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Scholte’s third novel is a mash-up fantasy/legal drama/heist story. . . The worldbuilding [is] interesting . . . [and will] keep readers wondering what will happen next and find out who—or what—is behind these murders.” —School Library Journal
“Scholte's latest tells a story filled with adventure, magic, and mystery, transporting readers to a whole new world filled with a magic system that incorporates the concept of shadows being dangerous and magical. The twists and turns will keep readers engaged.” —Booklist
“Blends legal thriller and action novel in an exploration of morality’s gray areas . . . a mix of first- and third-person perspectives lend depth to the cast.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“Bursting with originality and mile-a-minute action, the twists, turns and thrills kept coming!” —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and Aurora Rising
“League of Liars has everything you want in your next favorite thriller, from razor-sharp pacing to unforgettable characters and of course, the fresh and immersive world building you’ve come to know and love from Astrid Scholte. Don’t miss this twisty, heart-pounding fantasy!” —Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series
“Full of dark intrigue and a thrilling mystery that will ensnare you until the end, League of Liars is everything I love in a story. From its phenomenal crew of misfits you can’t help but root for, to its immersive and enchanting world building, Scholte’s latest will have you savoring every page.” —Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth
Praise for The Vanishing Deep:
A 2022 Isinglass Teen Readers' Choice Award Long List Pick
A 2021 Texas Tayshas Reading List Pick
A Spring 2020 Apple Most Anticipated Book
“This riveting YA thriller . . . is among the most exciting stuff being put out in the genre right now.” —Entertainment Weekly
“An immersive, fast-paced story about survival, grief, guilt, and second chances.” —School Library Journal
“Tensions [are kept] high as the characters explore a detailed, inventive, lovingly crafted world . . . the narrative’s sea legs come through deep, resonant characterizations and the characters’ intense emotional inner lives. A seaworthy stand-alone.” —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Four Dead Queens:
An Indie Bestseller
An Amazon Best Book — March 2019
A Blue Spruce Book Award Nominee – 2020
A Texas Tayshas Reading List Pick – 2020
“A good, devious mix of some of the best fantasy and murder mystery that YA has had to offer recently.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Astrid Scholte's propulsive debut YA novel checks all the boxes for an addictive read.” —Refinery29
“Four Dead Queens is a darkly delicious tale that keeps you in constant suspense. A thrilling, genre-blending book perfect for fans of both fantasy and murder mysteries. I just might be the fifth dead queen because this story—with its labyrinthine twists and turns—slayed me in every possible way.” —Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series