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The Dark Lady

The Dark Lady

A natural storyteller with a vision of his own, THE DARK LADY, Akala’s debut novel for teens will enthuse and entertain teenagers and young adults, showing that reading is a true super-power.

A PICKPOCKET WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL GIFT
A PRISONER OF EXTRAORDINARY VALUE
AN ORPHAN HAUNTED BY DREAMS OF THE MYSTERIOUS DARK LADY

Henry is an orphan, an outsider, a thief. He is also a fifteen-year-old invested with magical powers …

This brilliant, at times brutal, first novel from the amazing imagination that is Akala, will glue you to your seat as you are hurled into a time when London stank and boys like Henry were forced to find their own route through the tangled streets and out the other side.

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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Children's / Teenage: General Non-fiction / History & The Past: General Interest (children's

On Sale: 22nd April 2021

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781444943245

Reviews

One of the most highly anticipated books...the acclaimed rapper/poet takes aim at the historical novel with this inventive page-turner set in a vividly realised Elizabethan London
i newspaper
An exhilarating, magic-laced adventure
The Observer
A pulsating read
S Magazine (Sunday Express)
The brilliant, at times brutal, first novel from the amazing imagination that is Akala, will glue you to your seat
BellaNaija
Authentic
The Financial Times
This brilliant and at times brutal debut from the award-winning rapper Akala will have you glued to your seat
Bishop Stortford Independent
Akala's debut novel for teenagers and young adults is going to be a bestseller - remember where you read that first!
The Voice
Brilliantly atmospheric debut YA novel...The Dark Lady is a compelling rollercoaster of a journey. It's incredibly atmospheric, you feel transported to the sights, sounds and smells of Shakespearean London, all thanks to the incredibly engaging storytelling of Akala. It's full of guilt, revenge and a little bit of magic, the perfect combination for this sophisticated YA historical novel. You simply won't be able to put this one down. Cue the sequel!
ReadingZone
I devoured the book in literally a day...You can tell just how much Akala is passionate about language, Shakespeare and poetry as it exudes on every page.
Elf Councillor Blog
It's a supernatural adventure story...It's beautifully researched, rich with historical detail and real events...Mostly, I enjoyed the sense of Elizabethan London as it rises, redolent, from the pages, and the story, which has plenty of twists and turns and enough magic to draw in every reader.
BookBag
Written with the kind of lyrical dexterity and power that one would expect from Akala, The Dark Lady references the Bard's sonnets as well as crafting an uncompromising of street life in Renaissance England
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