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by Aden Polydoros

WRATH BECOMES HER by Aden Polydoros

WRATH BECOMES HER by award-winning author Aden Polydoros, a highly anticipated YA novel that was named Harper Children's Lead Read for Fall 2023. It's Inglorious Bastards meets Frankenstein, a beautiful and heart-pounding historical novel perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys.

HarperCollins/Inkyard will publish in October 2023.


Lithuania, 1943. The Nazis have killed Ezra’s daughter. He can’t bring Chaya back from the dead, but he can craft something in her image—a golem, infused with pointed rage, to avenge Chaya’s death. A Nazi killer made with kishuf, an ancient and profane magic.

When Vera awakens, she can feel her violent purpose—her reason for existing—thrumming within her. But she can feel other things, too: glimpses of a human life lived, of stolen kisses amid the tragedy, and of a grisly death. And when she meets Akiva, she recognizes the boy with soft lips that gave warm kisses. But these memories aren’t hers, and Vera doesn’t know if she gets to have a life beyond what she was made for. If she deserves one.

Vera’s strength feels limitless—until she learns that there are others who would use kishuf for means far less noble than avenging a daughter’s death. As she confronts the very basest of humanity, Vera will need more than what her creator gave her: not just a reason to fight, but a reason to live.

Praise for Aden Polydoros's The City Beautiful

Winner of the 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

2022 World Fantasy Award for Best Novelist

2021 National Jewish Book Award Finalist

A Lambda Literary Award Finalist

2021 Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot for Young Adult Novels

Declared a Best YA Book of 2021 by New York Public Library, BookPage, BuzzFeed, and Tor.com

“Chillingly sinister, warmly familiar, and breathtakingly transportive, The City Beautiful is the haunting, queer Jewish historical thriller of my darkest dreams.” —Dahlia Adler, creator of LGBTQ Reads and editor of That Way Madness Lies

“Polydoros seamlessly blends a murder mystery with Jewish folklore in this haunting historical fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A gorgeous, disturbing, visceral and mystical experience.” —BookPage, starred review

“A wild ride of a queer gothic fantasy that’s a must-have for YA fantasy collections.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“The City Beautiful is a triumph, showcasing queer love, illuminating historical events, and guiding readers to an enthralling ending that will leave them satiated yet desirous to return to the world in which they have become immersed.” —Booklist, starred review

Aden Polydoros is an author of YA dark fantasy and gothic horror novels. In addition to receiving starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Bookpage, and Booklist, his novel, The City Beautiful, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the 2022 World Fantasy Award. His most recent fantasy novel, Bone Weaver, came out in September 2022 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins.