Lightlark

This fall's blockbuster fantasy

Lightlark: this fall's blockbuster fantasy.
Gorgeously lush and cinematic, Lightlark is the kind of fantasy that indulges all your senses, makes you swoon, and then knocks you sideways with twists. You won’t want to put this down.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Skyhunter
“Filled with secrets aplenty and enthralling magic, Lightlark will have you gasping then swooning.” —Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
“If The Hunger Games was a dark fairy tale, you’d get the vicious and enchanting Lightlark. Get ready to be transported into a dazzling world where love is a death sentence.” —Adam Silvera, #1 New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End
“An ebullient, fast-paced fantasy with a beautifully rendered world that seethes with intrigue, romance, and tension. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —SABAA TAHIR, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
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Welcome to the Centennial.

Every hundred years, the island of Lightlark appears for only one hundred days to host a deadly game, where rulers of six realms fight to break their curses and win unparalleled power. Each ruler has something to hide. Each curse is uniquely wicked. To break them—and save themselves and their realms—one ruler must die.

To survive, Isla Crown must lie, cheat, and betray...even as love complicates everything.

Filled with secrets, deception, romance, and twists worthy of the darkest thrillers, #BookTok phenomenon Alex Aster’s Lightlark is masterfully written and utterly gripping—a must-read for fans of legendary fantasy writers Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, and Leigh Bardugo.

About the Author

Alex Aster is an author of YA fiction as well as award-winning middle grade fiction, including the Emblem Island series, which was published to critical acclaim. Alex graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied creative writing. Find out more on TikTok (@alex.aster) or Instagram (@byalexaster).