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Sarah Beth Durst

USA flag (b.1974)

Sarah Beth Durst grew up in Northboro, MA, a town in central Massachusetts which (she claims) was temporarily transformed into a fairy tale kingdom for several days in 1986. These events later inspired her novels, Into the Wild and Out of the Wild, as well as her paralyzing fear of glass footwear.

Sarah has been writing fantasy stories since she was ten years old. She holds an English degree from Princeton University and currently resides in Stony Brook, NY, with her husband and daughter.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Series contributed to
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2008) : Into the Wild
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2010) : Ice
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2013) : Vessel
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction winner (2013) : Vessel
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction nominee (2014) : Conjured
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction nominee (2016) : The Girl Who Could Not Dream

Sarah Beth Durst recommends
Fox and Phoenix (2011)
(Long City, book 1)
Beth Bernobich
"I couldn't stop reading! Ghost dragons, talking pig spirit-companions, magic phones, royal intrigue, and a treacherous journey. . . . I loved this adventure through a unique magic world."
Cat Girl's Day Off (2012)
Kimberly Pauley
"It was deliciously adorable! I now desperately want to be able to talk to cats. Thanks for the great read!"
The Book of the Night (2012)
(Libyrinth, book 3)
Pearl North
"A stunning and satisfying conclusion to an inventive trilogy."
The Winner's Curse (2014)
(Winner's Trilogy, book 1)
Marie Rutkoski
"The Winner's Curse is magnificent. Gorgeous writing graces every page, and the story of Kestrel and Arin unfolds with all the complexity and beauty of a sonata. I was completely transfixed by them and their world."
Hope and Red (2016)
(Empire of Storms, book 1)
Jon Skovron
"Hope and Red is my favorite book of the year. Full of nonstop, irresistible adventure, it captures that wonderful classic epic fantasy feel, while introducing a fantastic pair of memorable new heroes. I can't wait for the sequel!"
The Dragon's Legacy (2017)
(Dragon's Legacy, book 1)
Deborah A Wolf
"Plunges you into a rich and vibrant world, filled with magic and intrigue. A fantastic combination of new, marvelous cultures and grand characters in a story that grips your imagination and pulls you into the windswept desert."
The Empire's Ghost (2017)
(Empire's Ghost, book 1)
Isabelle Steiger
"In The Empire's Ghost, Isabelle Steiger has created a tapestry of compelling characters in a world that feels steeped in its own history. It's the kind of book that you sink into, that envelops you and compels you to read more. I can't wait for the sequel!"
The Tethered Mage (2017)
(Swords and Fire, book 1)
Melissa Caruso
"The Tethered Mage is a riveting read, with delicious intrigue, captivating characters, and a brilliant magic system. I loved it from start to finish!"
The City of Brass (2017)
(Daevabad Trilogy, book 1)
S A Chakraborty and Shannon Chakraborty
"The City of Brass immerses you in a magnificent and vivid world. It's a thrilling adventure, brimming with fabulous magic, compelling characters, and wonderful intrigue. I can't wait for book two!"
The Lost Frost Girl (2017)
Amy Wilson
"As magical as frost itself, The Lost Frost Girl is a truly special tale, told with gorgeous prose and filled with compelling characters. I absolutely loved it!"
Markswoman (2018)
(Asiana, book 1)
Rati Mehrotra
"Markswoman is fantastic! Absolutely un-put-down-able! Rati Mehrotra paints a vivid world filled with compelling characters, awesome knives, and all the thrilling adventure and drama you could want. I loved it!"
Blood of the Four (2018)
Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
"BLOOD OF THE FOUR is magnificent! Epic in scope, grand in execution, and majestic and bloodthirsty in equal measure."
Torn (2018)
(Unraveled Kingdom, book 1)
Rowenna Miller
"One of the best novels I've read this year! Torn is masterfully written -- full of fascinating politics and compelling characters in a vividly rendered, troubled city. Sophie is a believable, layered, and wonderful heroine; her journey from ordinary to extraordinary is a joy to read. I absolutely loved this book!"
The Oddling Prince (2018)
Nancy Springer
"Lyrical and lovely, The Oddling Prince feels both fresh and like a classic ballad that's been part of the English canon for centuries."
The Rose Legacy (2018)
(Rose Legacy, book 1)
Jessica Day George
"Set in a fascinating and fantastic new world, The Rose Legacy will make you long for a horse of your own!"
The Sisters of the Winter Wood (2018)
Rena Rossner
"Mixes fairy tale, poetry, history, and heart to create an enchanting and mesmerizing tale of sisterly love. I adored this book!"
Empire of Sand (2018)
(Books of Ambha, book 1)
Tasha Suri
"Riveting and wonderful! A fascinating desert world, a compelling heroine, and a richly satisfying conclusion. Empire of Sand will sweep you away!"
The Perfect Assassin (2019)
(Chronicles of Ghadid, book 1)
K A Doore
"The Perfect Assassin is one of those rare books that manages to be both thrilling and tender. It's full of rooftop fights, frightening magic, and nonstop excitement and mystery, while at the same time it's a thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be a monster and the power of love and forgiveness. I absolutely loved it from start to finish!"
The Women's War (2019)
(Women's War, book 1)
Jenna Glass
"The Women’s War is more than a story. It is a roar. And it’s magnificent! The wonderful fierceness of its women will steal your breath and your heart."
The Unicorn Anthology (2019)
Peter S Beagle and Jacob Weisman
"What a treasure trove! This anthology is filled with stories that will surprise, fascinate, and delight you. From an Arizona ghost town where souls are healed to a medieval European forest to the middle of an elephant herd in Persia, there are so many gems to be found!"
Sunshield (2020)
(Outlaw Road, book 1)
Emily B Martin
"Filled with unforgettable characters that you'll truly care about, SUNSHIELD is fantastic! Emily B. Martin expertly weaves together multiple narratives with precision, passion, and excellence to create a riveting tale that will stick with you long after you finish reading. I loved it!"
Kingston and the Magician's Lost and Found (2021)
(Kingston, book 1)
Theo Gangi and Rucker Moses
"Full of heart, magic, and mystery, this is the kind of book that makes you love books. Absolutely fantastic!"

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