Queen Among the Dead (Hardcover)

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Neve is the youngest daughter of the King and with the help of her unlikely “partner in crime”, Ronan, she must take her rightful spot on the throne even though she yearns for freedom from the crown. Neve and Ronan making a living selling stolen spells, but when a power struggle occurs Neve knows what she must do, and so starts the action-packed adventure. This story is a wonderful retelling of Irish fairytales and legends, filled with magic, banshees, darkness, action, and a strong female lead! If you are a fan of discovering new folklore but are tired of hearing the same old tales, this is definitely for you!


— From Zach's Recs

January/February 2023 Kids Indie Next List

Queen Among the Dead is bright, authentic and spellbinding. The story takes place in a kingdom where magic is outlawed and druids hoard and misuse magic. When Eire is threatened, an outlaw and a princess team up to secure a safer future.”
— Kahill Perkins, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, KS


Paste magazine's Best New Fantasy Books of January

Indie Next Pick

A stunning Celtic YA fantasy adventure set in the ancient kingdom of Eire, inspired by the legend of the first true queen of Ireland, perfect for fans of Shelby Mahurin and Adrienne Young.

In the kingdom of Eire, banshees chill the air, and water-wights lurk in the rivers. But magic is outlawed by the king, and jealously hoarded by his Druid priests.

Neve is the youngest daughter of the king, and Ronan is a Druid's apprentice turned thief, making a living by selling stolen spells. They should be enemies, but their shared hatred of the Druids--and a dark magic that has marked them both--makes them unlikely, if uneasy, allies.

When Eire is threatened by a power struggle, Neve must seize the chance to take her rightful place on her family's throne, with the help of Ronan and the realm's most dangerous outcasts. Their journey takes them to the outskirts of Eire, where magic still runs free . . . and where an outlaw and a warrior princess might carve out a future with spells and swords.

Lesley Livingston vividly reimagines Irish legends and fairytales to craft a YA fantasy adventure that will captivate readers of Brigid Kemmerer and Tricia Levenseller.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781638930181
ISBN-10: 163893018X
Publisher: Zando Young Readers
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Pages: 416
Language: English