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The Luminaries Trilogy

Praise for the Luminaries series

Instant New York Times Bestsellers
Instant USA Today Bestsellers
An Instant Indie Bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Book Club selection
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Chapters Indigo Best of the Year
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book
NYPL Books for the Teen Age
An Amazon Editors' Best YA Pick

“Will draw you in and leave you begging for more. Rich with tension, atmosphere, and finesse, you’ll want to get lost in the world of The Luminaries again and again.”

– Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The Luminaries is a chilling, gripping contemporary fantasy set in the heavily forested–and haunted–town of Hemlock Falls…Winnie, a nervous teeth-clicker and glasses-shover, is tremendously likable.”

Starred Review, Shelf Awareness

“Plentiful action, terrifying monsters, and a kind, courageous heroine.”

Publishers Weekly

“I lost myself from page one in Hemlock Falls and its deadly forest, as vicious as it is inescapably alluring. Winnie Wednesday is the sort of outcast-turned-monster-hunter you can’t help loving and rooting for, even as you become convinced that the nightmares she faces will probably never let her go. Where is the next book?!”

– Marissa Meyer, #1 NYT bestselling author

“Susan Dennard’s newest series is both wildly fun and truly captivating. Impossible to put down, The Luminaries will lead you on a twisted trail that will have you gasping to the very end.”

– Kailey Steward, Barnes & Noble in Oak Brook, IL

“Touching and gore-spattered, a real gem.

The Daily Mail

The Luminaries is exactly the thrilling, dangerous, heart-pounding fantasy I needed, with an incredibly original world and a heroine who knows and fights for her worth. Prepare yourself accordingly―I devoured this in a single sitting.”

– Marie Lu, #1 NYT bestselling author

The Luminaries is your next obsession. Part family drama, part fantasy procedural, part helpful guide to monster hunting, all with a dash of romantic tension―this book is all my favorite things combined.”

– Olivie Blake, NYT bestselling author

The Luminaries will transport you to an stunning atmospheric world full of forests, friendship, monsters, and family. Winnie is fighting to become who she is meant to be and will inspire you to do the same. I was completely swept away to Hemlock Falls and I never wanted to leave!”

– Meghan Vanderlee, Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, MI

“Dennard’s newest begins with a triumphant success, heralding her third sensational series filled with delectable worldbuilding and dynamic characters.”


“Dennard’s newest is overflowing with action, adventure, and mystery with a sprinkling of romance that will keep readers turning the page.”


“Readers will want to don a motorcycle jacket and join the nightmare hunt.”

– Kirkus Review

“In The Luminaries, bestselling author Susan Dennard kicks off a darkly magical, action-packed new series and introduces a mysterious world filled with monsters. . . . Plenty of gasp-inducing thrills, monstrous gore and empathetic soul-searching―plus a little tentative flirting―bring The Luminaries to a satisfying conclusion.

– BookPage

“You know the feeling of excitement when you’re at the very top of the first hill on a roller coaster looking down? That’s how I feel after reading the cliffhanger!”

– Jenna Arter, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC

Enthralling from the first page, The Luminaries lures you into a misty darkness rife with thrills and romance. Living nightmares may stalk across the pages, but this book is a paranormal fantasy dream. The forest calls, and you will love every second of devouring its mysteries.”

– Alexandra Bracken, #1 NYT bestselling author

“A richly realized tale about monster hunters that explores family, community, and a whole lot of female rage.”

– Paste

“Supernatural mysteries, family secrets, lies, terrifying monsters, loyal friends, and budding romance had me staying up all night to finish this YA contemporary dark fantasy. I need the next installment immediately!”

– Jess Holleran, Copper Dog Books in Beverly, MA

“What a delight to be back in the world of the Luminaries with Winnie, Erica and #UghJay.  I loved everything about Hemlock Falls – the eerie forest, nightmare monsters,  fast paced action, family secrets – and cheered for Winnie as she chased her dream of joining the Luminaries against all odds. Told in pitch perfect style, once I started reading I could not put it down.”

– Angela Mann, Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, CA