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Kristin Cashore

USA flag (b.1976)

Kristin Cashore is an exceptional new voice in the fantasy genre whose characterisation, beautifully realised world and compelling narratives set her apart. If you love to be swept up and away by a novel then these are must-read books, from a master storyteller.

Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer.

She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Graceling, her first book, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, won the prestigious Mythopoeic Award, and is already a New York Times bestseller. Fire is her second novel, and a third is on the way.

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2009) : Graceling
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction winner (2009) : Graceling

Kristin Cashore recommends
Finnikin of the Rock (2008)
(Lumatere Chronicles, book 1)
Melina Marchetta
"Dark and beautiful and utterly believable."
Front and Center (2009)
(Dairy Queen, book 3)
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
"Hysterically laugh-out-loud funny. And inspiring. I loved it."
Serpentine (2015)
(Kingdom of Xia 2, book 1)
Cindy Pon
"Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it."
The Hazel Wood (2018)
(Hazel Wood, book 1)
Melissa Albert
"Thoroughly, creepily captivating, with surprises I never saw coming! Such a refreshing and beautifully written inversion of the classic fairytale-inspired story."

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