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This Wicked Fate

Written by Kalynn Bayron

Part of the This Poison Heart Series

Key Stage 4 Fantasy / Magical Mystery / Mythology

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Greek myths and ancient magic retold with glorious contemporary edge, and a spirit of sisterhood, resistance and Sapphic love

This enchanting, empowering sequel to This Poison Heart, one of our 2021 favourites,  twists, turns and captures the heart through exquisite storytelling and world-building. Blending compellingly relatable characters with ancient magic, Greek myth, and a sweeping quest to save loved ones, it’s as lush and thrilling as the kind of flamboyant botanicals its endearing protagonist has the command to conjure.


Briseis has powerful ancestresses, and the power to create and control plants. Though she’s long worked to hide her gifts, she now has an opportunity to save her mother’s soul. In order to find the last piece of the Absyrtus Heart that will enable her to realise this, she must turn to her blood relatives and find her place in her ancient magical lineage.


Briseis’ quest sees her voyage to a Greek island and battle with enemies who are descended from Jason, Medea’s vindictive husband. With tension mounting as time slips away and it seems as if deadly foliage has taken a stranglehold, love blossoms for Briseis too, making this consummately exhilarating.

Joanne Owen

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This Wicked Fate Synopsis

Briseis's mother is dead, but there is one chance to bring her back: find the last piece of the deadly Absyrtus Heart. If Bri is to locate the missing piece, she must turn to the blood relatives she's never known, learn of their secret powers and take her place in their ancient lineage. But Bri is not the only one who wants the Heart, and her enemies will stop at nothing to fulfil their own ruthless plans. Strengthened by the sisterhood of ancient magic, can she harness her power to save the people she loves most?

Kalynn Bayron, bestselling author of Cinderella is Dead and This Poison Heart, returns with the second and final book in this stunning, empowering and inclusive fantasy duology.

This Wicked Fate Press Reviews

This duology closer delves deeper into mythology while depicting textured, realistic relationships - Kirkus Reviews

Praise for This Poison Heart;

'Mesmerising and beautiful' - Tracy Deonn, NYT bestselling author of Legendborn

'This Poison Heart is a book to enjoy on the first read, notate in the rereads, and pump you up for what's to come in its sequel. You should pick up this book!' -

'A delicious mix of intoxicating fantasy and coming of age, steeped in Greek mythology and peppered with references to the Jordan Peele films Get Out and Us' - Observer New Review

'Brings much-needed inclusivity and contemporary flavour to the teen fantasy genre' - Kirkus Reviews 

'This Poison Heart masterfully weaves a unique story grounded in the depths of Greek mythology and Black girlhood' - Booklist starred review

'Ambitious, replacing the happily-ever-after with a tragic legacy and a defiant, feminist tone' - Publisher's Weekly Online

Praise for Cinderella is Dead;

'Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale ... She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after' - Brigid Kemmerer

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526650726
Publication date: 21st June 2022
Author: Kalynn Bayron
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: Fantasy / Magical, Mystery / Mythology

About Kalynn Bayron

Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and a classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she's not writing, you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, going to the theatre, watching scary movies and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her family.

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