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This is book number 1 in the The Nightmare-Verse series.
"A fun and fierce debut from one of the nicest authors you’ll ever meet (She was wearing a tiny top hat. What more can I say.) Alice herself is strong, while still living a realistic life and having relatable fears. Almost every aspect of the original Alice in Wonderland was thrown into the present, from the door mouse to the Jabberwocky. While this wasn’t the most “technical” fantasy novel, I really enjoyed the ridiculous, and arguably darker, take on Wonderland. The characters were the strongest part of the book, forming bonds quickly, their complex relationships adding another fascinatingly tangled web to the plot."— Ivy, Teen Press Corps
"With memorable characters and page-turning thrills, A Blade So Black is the fantasy book I've been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified." —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give
For fans of Marissa Meyer, L.L. McKinney's A Blade So Black delivers an irresistible urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland... but it's not the Wonderland you remember.
The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head... literally.
Debut author L.L. McKinney delivers an action-packed twist on an old classic, full of romance and otherworldly intrigue.
And don't miss the thrilling sequel, A Dream So Dark!
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"Mixing elements of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer... Delectable." —Entertainment Weekly