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The night country : a Hazel Wood novel
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330 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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The New York Times bestseller! The Night Country is the highly anticipated sequel to Melissa Albert's beloved, bestselling debut The Hazel Wood.

In The Night Country , Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors of The Hazel Wood . Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang.

With Finch's help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother's dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland's survivors--and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and--if he can find it--a way back home...

Author Notes

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for McSweeney's , Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn. The Night Country is her second novel.

Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

A dark fantasy sequel asks whether characters who flee their stories still have a chance for a happy ending.Once upon a time she was Alice-Three-Times, a vengeful princess in a grim fairy-tale world. Now she's just Alice, trying to be human in New York City even as her escape triggers a mass exodus from the Hinterland. Ellery Finch, the schoolmate who helped free her, is growing weary of his travels through alternate dimensions, finding his thoughts turning back to homeand Alice. Meanwhile, someone is murdering ex-Stories in a very Alice-ish way.This follow-up to the astonishing TheHazel Wood (2018) displays the same lush prose, dizzying imagination, and macabre sensibilities (along with the grisly body count). Evocative details limn exotic fairylands and gritty New York as equally magical. Personalities are more approachable: blonde, white Alice is less rage-fueled than filled with confusion, frustration, and longing; brown-skinned Finch has grown beyond his vacillating geekiness to courage and confidence. Alternating between Alice's first-person narration and Finch's third-person perspective, the twin plots don't intersect until the surreal, shattering climax; but since the romantic yearning that drives both protagonists was scarcely hinted in the first book, it never becomes convincing here. Still, they make a formidable team.Plot bobbles aside, a necessary read for Hinterland fansand who isn't? (Fantasy. 16-adult) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The hotly anticipated follow-up to Albert's The Hazel Wood (2018) begins with Alice, following her rescue from imprisonment as a Story by classmate Ellery Finch, back home and attempting to live a normal, human life. She soon discovers, however, that her escape from the Hinterland has left that world cracked, with its denizens leaking into New York City. A string of ex-Story murders draws Alice back into their twisted community, and after being framed for the atrocities, she's forced to find the killer herself. Chapter perspectives shift between Alice and Finch, who wanders through a perilous, time-distorted multiverse until their two stories collide. What begins as a slow burn almost an extended epilogue, focused on the aftermath of book one and a comparatively low-stakes mystery pays off tremendously as the various pieces of this puzzle come together. What Albert renders on the page is audacious: with resounding success, she keeps a firm grip on her characters and their stories, and her prose weaves a magic of its own, animating the ever-expanding fantastical premise through lyrical language, striking metaphor, and a mastery of tone that forces readers to feel the magic along with the underlying emotional stakes. It's a magnificent creation, laden with wonder and fear impossible to turn away from, that will satisfy fans and grow with readers over time. Literal goose bumps.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2019 Booklist