SLEIGHT: Book One of the AVRAKEDAVRA
Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—
Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.
My mother is thrown backward.
And she falls.
Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been tortured by visions—but whose love Geni never questions. In a world of performers who astonish and amaze on a daily basis, Delia’s ghostly hallucinations never seemed all that strange . . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done hundreds of times, and Delia falls to her death.
That night, a dark curtain in Geni’s life opens. Everything has changed.
Still reeling from the tragedy, the Cinzio Traveling Players are also adjusting to the circus’s new owner: a generous, mysterious man whose connection to the circus—Geni suspects—has a dark and dangerous history. And suddenly Geni is stumbling into a new reality of her own, her life interrupted daily by the terrors only Delia used to be able to see.
As the visions around her grow stronger, Geni isn’t sure who she can trust. Even worse, she’s starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.
A thrilling and mysterious novel that captures the magic of the big top itself, Sleight is a high-flying fantasy adventure sure to dazzle and delight.
Something to note …
A version of this book was published in 2011 (red-haired girl on the cover). SLEIGHT was sold to HarperCollins in 2012 and so THIS NEW BOOK is a top-to-bottom reimagining of the prior story.
Vérité: The key to good is found in truth.
Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the GONE SERIES:
“Jennifer Sommersby’s SLEIGHT makes magic from an enthralling premise, wonderfully drawn characters, and beautiful words. It's hard to avoid descriptors like entrancing, spell-binding, and mystical .”
Ira Bloom, author of HEARTS & OTHER BODY PARTS:
“Startlingly imaginative and vividly realized.”
Eileen Cook, bestselling author of YOU OWE ME A MURDER:
“Fantasy readers will fall in love with SLEIGHT. Like a circus, it's an intoxicating mix of beauty, humor, magic, and danger that means the reader can't bear to look away until the final page.