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by Nafiza Azad

ROAD OF THE LOST by Nafiza Azad

Perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince, this gorgeous young adult fantasy follows a girl who discovers she’s spent her life under an enchantment hiding her true identity on her quest into the magical Otherworld to unlock her powers and discover her destiny.

Even the most powerful magic can’t hide a secret forever.

Croi is a brownie, glamoured to be invisible to humans. Her life in the Wilde Forest is ordinary and her magic is weak—until the day that her guardian gives Croi a book about magick from the Otherworld, the world of the Higher Fae. Croi wakes the next morning with something pulling at her core, summoning her to the Otherworld. It’s a spell she cannot control or break.

Forced to leave her home, Croi begins a journey full of surprises…and dangers. For Croi is not a brownie at all but another creature entirely, enchanted to forget her true heritage. As Croi ventures beyond the forest, her brownie glamour begins to shift and change. Who is she really, who is summoning her, and what do they want? Croi will need every ounce of her newfound magic and her courage as she travels a treacherous path to find her true self and the place in the Otherworld where she belongs.

Simon & Schuster/McElderry will publish in October 2022.

Nafiza Azad is the author of The Candle and the Flame, a 2020 William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist and The Wild Ones. She will co-edit the forthcoming anthology Writing in Color: The Lessons We’ve Learned, which will be published by S&S in Summer 2023. Her work can be found in the anthologies Come On In, Every Body Shines, and Magic Has No Borders. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia, and co-runs The Book Wars, a website dedicated to all things children’s literature. Born in Fiji, she currently lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her family.

"An enthralling mix of mystery and magic. Azad crafts a captivating story about finding your place in the world, blending faerie lore with lush prose and delectable world building. I loved it from start to finish.” - Alicia Jasinska, author of The Dark Tide and The Midnight Girls


Review Issue Date: August 15, 2022

Online Publish Date: July 27, 2022


Pages: 336

Price ( Hardcover ): $19.99

Publication Date: October 18, 2022

ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-5344-8499-3

Section: Teen

A girl discovers her true identity and where she belongs in Azad’s latest fantasy.

Croi is a brownie, a being invisible to humans, who has lived in the Wilde Forest with the Hag, her guardian who is made of stone, memory, and tree—and the only family she’s ever known. Much to the Hag’s displeasure, Croi frequently ventures into the human city, visiting her only friend, a maid who has been turned to stone. When she overhears that the stone maid is to be moved from her current location, Croi begs her friend to consider trying to become invisible too. Upon touching the maid’s hand, Croi succeeds in making her disappear, but Croi’s own veil of invisibility drops, and she’s seen by nearby humans. When Croi reveals to the Hag what happened, she learns that she is not actually a brownie but has been glamoured to appear as one. The Hag gives Croi two books with useful information: A Compendium of the Peoples and the Magicks of the Otherworld and The Talamh Crown. The following day Croi is compelled to leave the forest by a summoning spell, embarking on a dangerous journey to explore the world of the high fae and discover her true origins. Divided into three acts, the lush narrative demonstrates an exceptional balance between being plot- and character-driven and also offers a light dose of romance. The mostly magical cast is colorful in every way.

An intricate and enchanting origin story. (Fantasy. 13-18)