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Book Review: Among the Beasts & Briars

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been enamored with spooky stories set in the woods. So when I heard about the YA fantasy book, Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston (author of Geekerella and Heart of Iron), I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. 

Alanna Smith

Cerys, daughter of the royal gardener and best friend to the crown princess, lives in the kingdom of Aloriya: a prosperous and happy country surrounded by a dark and forbidden wood.

The enchanted crown worn by the royal family is meant to keep the kingdom safe, but a horrific attack from the woods on coronation day changes everything. Cerys is forced to flee into the hungry forest with no one but a loyal fox for a companion and her own magic blood for protection, searching for the lost Lady of the Wilds to save her home. 

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An Interview with S.A. Hunt

S. A. HUNT (she/her) is the author of the Malus Domestica horror-action series from Tor Books, which begins with Burn the Dark. In 2014, she won Reddit’s /r/Fantasy “Independent Novel of the Year” Stabby Award for her Outlaw King fantasy gunslinger series. She is an Afghanistan veteran (OEF 2010), a coffee enthusiast, a fervent bicyclist, and she currently lives in Petoskey, Michigan. 

– Mike Speegle

We spoke with S.A. Hunt, horror writer and author of the Malus Domestica, a breakneck fantasy-horror-action-adventure series published by Tor Books. She discussed her writing process, her major influences, and her time as both an indie- and trad-published writer. 

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