Not all books should be opened.
A spellbinding, edge-of your seat thriller, Ink Blood Sister Scribe follows a family tasked with guarding a trove of magical but deadly books, and the shadowy organisation that will do anything to get them back . . . even murder.
'Follow where this novel leads and you will be lost in a bewitching spell, a book of magic about books of magic, and the people who reel from reading them. Go beyond the magic and you're left with a heartbreaking tale of family where truth blurs with lies, and blood isn't thick enough. A bold, new novel from an extraordinary new voice.' Marlon James, New York Times bestselling author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Joanna Kalotay lives alone in the woods of Vermont, the sole protector of a collection of rare books; books that will allow someone to walk through walls or turn water into wine. Books of magic.
Her estranged older sister Esther moves between countries and jobs, constantly changing, never staying anywhere longer than a year, desperate to avoid the deadly magic that killed her mother. Currently working on a research base in Antarctica, she has found love and perhaps a sort of happiness.
But when she finds spots of blood on the mirrors in the research base, she knows someone is coming for her, and that Joanna and her collection are in danger.
If they are to survive, she and Joanna must unravel the secrets their parents kept hidden from them - secrets that span centuries and continents, and could cost them their lives ...
'Emma Törzs seamlessly meshes together fantasy, thriller and dark academia to bring us a spectacularly spellbinding debut ... Ink Blood Sister Scribe sumptuously bleeds magic from every page.' The Fantasy Hive
'Chilling and charming in equal parts, Törz's debut is a love letter to stories everywhere.' Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Tale of the Flower Bride
'Ink Blood Sister Scribe is itself a magical book, brimming with all the elements that make a story sing ... What a gorgeously satisfying read.' Lesley Nneka Arimah, award-winning author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
'A twisty and thrilling fantasy in which both the magic and the characters have real complexity, real shadows.' Kelly Link, Get in Trouble
'Ink Blood Sister Scribe is so many things at once: an adventure, a puzzle, a twisty thriller, and a tender romance.' Alix E Harrow, The Once And Future Witches