The princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty, true love is more complicated than a simple fairy tale. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Holly Black.
‘Malice is the dark and wicked heart of a fairytale carved into a book. This story is beautiful, vicious magic.’ Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand
‘A truly original and clever retelling of a classic that had me racing to the end – you’ll never look at Sleeping Beauty the same again.’ S.A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.
Let me tell you, no one in Briar cares what happens to our princess. I thought I didn’t care, either. Until I met her.
Princess Aurora, last heir to the throne, the future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. But with less than a year before the curse kills her, any future I might imagine for us is quickly disappearing – and she can’t stand to kiss yet another idiotic prince. But maybe I can help her. If my power began the curse, it might be the one to lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.
But we all know how this story ends. Aurora is the beautiful princess.
And I am the villain.
Book Two of the Malice Duology is available to preorder now!