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Drowned

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Drowned

Drowned Series, Book 1

No one can escape the rising of the tides.

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

That is, until the day their king falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

No one can escape the rising of the tides.

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

That is, until the day their king falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

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  • Nichola Reilly spent much of her childhood on the Barrier Islands of New Jersey, where late summer hurricanes would sometimes bring the ocean to her front door. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters, where she dreams of low tide.

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    April 28, 2014
    Following cataclysmic floods, the remnants of humanity compete viciously for space on dry land while predatory “scribblers,” creatures with swordfishlike horns, thin their ranks. The physically disabled, like nearly 16-year-old Coe, who was left with just one hand after a scribbler attack, face a bleak future, consigned to the dangerous outer edges of the platform that offers protection from high tides and makes social ranking a matter of life and death. Coe’s narration sometimes bogs down in angst, but tight plotting keeps the story moving forward. When Coe and her unattainable beloved, Tiam, “who laughs in the face of scribblers and ghosts and taunts the vicious ocean,” rise in the favor of the royals, they become targets for those discontented with the selfish king’s rule. Suspense mounts as Coe and Tiam explore the labyrinth beneath the royal palace and the mysteries of their island’s past. A fantasy twist toward the end of this series opener from Reilly (a pseudonym for writer Cyn Balog) fits perfectly with the fairy tales Coe retells throughout the novel. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

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