Frances Hardinge

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Macmillan Children's Books


'One of our finest storytellers' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
'Pure magic' M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts

From Frances Hardinge, the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree comes Deeplight - an underwater adventure as dangerous as the gods themselves . . .

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever.

On the jumbled streets of the Island of Lady's Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and when the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

In the media

Young adult books of the month

Frances Hardinge is on dazzling form... The freedom of an entirely imagined landscape showcases her staggering originality. A masterclass in world-building.

Fiona Noble The Observer

Children's Book of the Week

This is an action-filled fantasy that has to be read slowly. Every word by the Costa-winning author Frances Hardinge is chosen with such care, every sentence so crafted and every metaphor so considered, that its 448 pages cannot be dashed through.

Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times

Children's Book of the Week

A feat of impressive world-building and imagination… I swallowed Deeplight hook, line and sinker; those who submit and submerge will reap the literary rewards of this extraordinary world, the likes of which could only have come from Hardinge’s fantastical, philosophical pen.

Alex O'Connell The Times

The author of the award-winning The Lie Tree builds a fantastical undersea world.