The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince…but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.
Her home is destroyed, her father abducted—by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets—and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed—if she leaves at all.
Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
Darkly romantic and entirely enchanting, this reimagining of The Nutcracker from Claire Legrand brims with magic, love, and intrigue—and “includes a Victorian mob princess/warrior heroine, an alternate New York City, steampunk faeries and an epic multigenerational battle” – Kirkus Reviews
“What a mesmerizing whirlwind of a story! I was simultaneously horrified and enchanted by the land of Cane, with all its passion and mysteries, magic and mechaniks. Claire Legrand’s writing has the grace of a ballet, but this is definitely not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale.” – Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder
“The story of The Nutcracker receives a sinister steampunk twist in an engrossing retelling. Legrand’s story is rich in fantastical realism…” – Publishers Weekly
“A bounty of lust, gore, and moral dilemmas, [Winterspell] is sure to please fans of dark fairy tales.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“[Legrand]’s fantasy epic is stuffed with enough thrilling battles, simmering romantic tension, and dramatic pacing to keep readers on the hook.” – Booklist Online
“In this unique retelling of The Nutcracker, the author weaves the original story and characters together seamlessly with a rich setting and spins a romantic and dark new tale.” – School Library Journal
In this captivating novella, prequel to Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love.
Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans.
Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war.
Their love could save the kingdom of Cane—or shatter it forever.
This entrancing tale sets the stage for the rise of a wicked queen, and the journey of a lifetime for a human girl named Clara…