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YA novelist Zoë Marriott lives on the bleak and windy East coast of Britain, in a house crowded with books, cats, and an eccentric spaniel named Ruskin (also known as Trash Puppy). Her folklore and fairytale inspired fantasy novels are critically acclaimed and have been nominated for many awards, even winning a few, including a USBBY Outstanding International Book listing for The Swan Kingdom and a Junior Library Guild Selection and the prestigious Sasakawa Prize for Shadows on the Moon. Her most recent novel, Barefoot on the Wind, a Feminist retelling of Beauty & the Beast, won the Hillingdon Book Award. Zoë is proud to be represented by Nancy Miles of the Miles Stott Children’s Literacy Agency.
Shadows have fallen across the beautiful and lush Kingdom. The queen was attacked by an unnatural beast, and the healing skills of her daughter, Alexandra, cannot save her. Too soon the widowed king is spellbound by a frightening stranger – a woman whose eyes reflect no light. In a terrifying moment, all Alexandra knows disappears, including her beloved brothers, leaving her banished to a barren land unlike her own. (more)
“An engrossing fantasy story told with a lyrical, emotive style. An enjoyable slow read for nights curled up on the sofa.” — Natasha Ngan, author of The Elites
This is a sweeping fantasy chronicling a courageous girl’s fight for freedom and love in a world ravaged by war and religious fanaticism. Zahira is a young woman of the conquered Rua people. She has been raised to distrust the occupying population. But everything changes when her home is destroyed and she finds out some shocking truths about her past. Realizing that it is up to her to do something about the violence that is tearing her country apart, she tries to bridge the gap between the warring cultures. But when her own people suspect her of treachery – especially after she falls in love with one of the enemy – the epic task ahead of her seems insurmountable… (more)
“The heroine interracial, God female; however, traditional power dynamics are less subverted than this setup implies, offering fertile ground for discussion.” — Kirkus Reviews
A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is “Cinderella” meets “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince – and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love. (more)
“The prose is beautiful, with such a light touch. . . . I’ll definitely be seeking out Mariott’s other work.” — Laura Lam, author of Pantomime
This is a literary fantasy about war, racial identity and first love. Frost has left her homeland to travel to the neighbouring country of Ruan in the hope of finding a deity she believes will rid her of a curse: at the sight of her own blood, a berserker rage in the form of a wolf overtakes her and kills everyone within reach. On her journey, Frost meets Luca and Arian, two members of the Ruan military force sworn to protect the country’s borders from neighbouring rebel fighters. Over the coming months, under Luca’s guidance, Frost learns to overcome the Wolf within. She also begins to fall in love with Luca – while Arian falls for her. (more)
“A beautiful YA fantasy with thrilling romance, fierce battles and a heart-breaking conclusion. . . . Zoë Marriott has a truly incredible talent.” — Kate Ormand, author of Dark Days
A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.
When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana – an ancestral Japanese sword – out of its hiding place in her parent’s attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover. (more)
“I loved this book. LOVED it. Non stop action, a nine-tailed cat demon, a parallel spirit-world London and a TOTALLY kick-ass heroine? More, please!” — Emma Pass, author of ACID
In the electrifying second volume of Zoë Marriott’s The Name of the Blade Trilogy, Mio, Jack and Shinobu have defeated the terrifying Nekomata against all odds, and brought Jack’s sister home alive.
But Mio is still compelled to protect the katana, her family’s ancestral sword, and now the Underworld has spawned a worse monster – one carrying a devastating plague that sweeps through London like wildfire. (more)
“Just as action-packed as The Night Itself. . . . This book felt considerably darker, the stakes higher, and after that ending I can’t wait to read book three.” — Kendra Leighton, author of Glimpse
In the thrilling final installment of Zoë Marriott’s epic, Japanese-inspired urban fantasy trilogy, Mio has succeeded in banishing the Goddess of Death’s plague-spreading monsters – by making the most terrible sacrifice. Now Mio’s love Shinobu is lost forever, the Goddess is rising from the underworld, and hell is literally breaking loose in London.
To save the city from the catastrophic war between gods, Mio must journey into the perilous dream realm to learn the final secret of the katana’s origins, and its true powers. With secrets from her own family’s past emerging, and more impossible choices to be made, she will need every bit of help available from her remaining friends and her allies in the Kitsune Kingdom just to escape her quest alive.
Because in the end, the only thing standing between the human world and the apocalypse… is Mio. And her sword. (more)
“an absolutely fantastic conclusion to this trilogy.” — Feeling Fictional
A companion title to Zoë Marriott’s critically acclaimed Shadows on the Moon, BAREFOOT ON THE WIND is a darkly magical retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” set in fairytale Japan. There is a monster in the forest… Everyone in Hana’s remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana’s father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it – or be killed herself. But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects…
The Swan Kingdom was short-listed for the 2008 Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award, long-listed for the Branford Boase Award for 2008, and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book for 2009. It is also on the International Reading Association Young Adult’s Choices Booklist 2010 and the American Library Association’s List of Popular Paperbacks for 2010.
Shadows on the Moon was awarded the Great Britain Sasakawa Prize in 2009. It went on to be short-listed for the St. Helen’s Young People’s Book Award and The Leeds Book Award, and took second place in the Lancashire Book of the Year Award, as well as garnering a Junior Library Guild Selection in the USA.
Barefoot on the Wind won the 2017 Hillingdon Book Award.