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A Dark and Drowning Tide: A Novel (Paperback)

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In her adult debut, Allison Saft offers a richly built world rounded out with equally complex characters and of course, her signature romance suffused with longing. A DARK AND DROWNING TIDE is a gorgeously wrought story with many facets -- combining a heroic quest, fantasy elements, a locked room mystery, and at its heart, a sapphic love story. Like stones in a river, embedded beneath layers of Jewish-inspired folklore and fairytale monsters are some beloved romance tropes: academic rivals to lovers, grumpy/sunshine, hurt/comfort, and only one bed (tent). I never wanted this book to end. As beautiful as it is dark, this book is utterly captivating and is sure to sweep you off your feet. --KelleyAnn


A sharp-tongued folklorist must pair up with her academic rival to solve their mentor’s murder in this lush and enthralling sapphic fantasy romance from the New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic.

Lorelei Kaskel, a folklorist with a quick temper and an even quicker wit, is on an expedition with six eccentric nobles in search of a fabled spring. The magical spring promises untold power, which the king wants to harness in order to secure his reign over the embattled country of Brunnestaad. Lorelei is determined to use this opportunity to prove herself and make her wildest, most impossible dream come true: to become a naturalist, able to travel freely to lands she’s only read about.

The expedition gets off to a harrowing start when its leader—Lorelei’s beloved mentor—is murdered in her quarters aboard their ship. The suspects are the five remaining expedition mates, each with their own motive. The only person Lorelei knows must be innocent is her longtime academic rival, the insufferably gallant and maddeningly beautiful Sylvia von Wolff. Now in charge of the expedition, Lorelei must find the spring before the murderer strikes again—and a coup begins in earnest.

But there are other dangers lurking in the dark: forests that rearrange themselves at night, rivers with slumbering dragons hiding beneath the water, and shapeshifting beasts out for blood.

As Lorelei and Sylvia grudgingly work together to uncover the truth—and resist their growing feelings for each other—they discover that their leader had secrets of her own. Secrets that make Lorelei question whether justice is worth pursuing, and if this kingdom is worth saving at all.

About the Author

Allison Saft is the New York Times bestselling author of the eerie romantic young adult fantasies Down Comes the Night and A Far Wilder Magic. After receiving her MA in English literature from Tulane University, she moved from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast, where she spends her time hiking the redwoods and practicing aerial silks.

Praise For…

“Richly imagined and as bewitching as a naiad’s song, A Dark and Drowning Tide deftly weaves romance with powerful indictments of the fetid, nationalistic roots of our favorite fairy tales. But for each prick of a prejudicial thorn, Saft offers her readers a balm—at its core, this is a story about the healing capacity of love. Clever, emotional, and gorgeous.”—Ava Reid, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Juniper & Thorn

A Dark and Drowning Tide is an enchanting tale in an intricately realized world. The narrative is laced with folk tales and enlivened by brave and clever protagonists. Its adventures are enriched by Allison Saft’s beautiful prose, making it the perfect read for lovers of fantasy.”—Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593722343
ISBN-10: 0593722345
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: September 17th, 2024
Pages: 384
Language: English