Wilder than Midnight

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What to expect

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A bold and evocative new adventure novel from Cerrie Burnell, celebrating difference and found family. Perfect for fans of Sophie Anderson, Katherine Rundell and Catherine Doyle.

Silverthorne is a place of secrets. A forest of twisting paths and tangled thorns. A castle with locked towers and whispers of tragedy. A village trapped between terrors known and unknown. But something is stirring in the leaves . . .

Wild Rose, raised by wolves, refuses to live hidden within the confines of the forest any longer.
Aurelia, locked in the castle tower, dreams of escaping the fate she’s told awaits her.

Together, they will change life in Silverthorne forever.

© Cerrie Burnell 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • An absolutely enchanting tale. I love how Cerrie has reimagined familiar fairytales with fresh wonder and woven them together with starlight, wildness, and an inspiring band of feisty heroines! I adored it. I’m sure readers are going to devour it.

    Tamzin Merchant, author of The Hatmakers
  • Wildly exciting and wickedly whimsical, this fairytale conjures the purest magic there is: true love. Love for each and every one of us, because of our differences, not in-spite of them. It’s a story as warming and as delicious as stolen porridge.

    Hana Tooke, author of The Unadoptables
  • A wild, lyrical tale with echoes of much-loved storybook heroines, Cerrie Burnell’s Wilder than Midnight is a feast for the senses. It’s a book about love and friendship and driving your own destiny in the face of prejudice. But mostly, it’s a story of girls, glorious girls, in all their feisty, feminine brilliance.

    Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
  • One of the most delightful stories I’ve read in years. Gorgeously cosy and as heart-warming as sticky-sweet porridge, Burnell’s writing sparkles like starlight, guiding you through a forest tangled with fairy tales with a shining beam of hope. It’s a beautiful celebration of how our differences make us special.

    Maria Kuzniar, author of The Ship of Shadows
  • This story is just the sort I would have loved as a girl – I adored its sparkling words, feisty heroines and spirited narrative as well as its message of loving the body we’re born with – pure fairytale magic with so many twists. From the very first turn of the page it swept me under its powerful spell…I would happily have lived there for a hundred years!

    Jasbinder Bilan
  • Wilder than Midnight is my new favourite fairy tale adventure; magnificent as a starry sky, and guaranteed to bring beauty, magic and joy into the hearts of all who read it.

    Sophie Anderson

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