TWO NATIONS AT WAR. ONE GIRL CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation of science and fact ruled by the all knowing Aura, where the belief in witches or any type of superstition is outlawed. Rain's regiment is made up of only teenage girls and their role is vital to the war effort against the Crux, a nation of faith and belief, where nature and God are celebrated and worshipped.
But Rain is struggling with another battle. She's always had a sense that her nature is different from everyone else's, and that a dormant power threatens to burst out of her.
When she encounters a young Scrutiner she falls in love with him, but is torn between what she has been taught is right, and what feels right. As her understanding of her latent power grows, the enemy threatens both her friends and her love. She can no longer ignore the power but she must choose how she uses it ...
But what will she lose in the process?
L. J. Adlington is a writer, actress and costume historian. She lives in the north of England with a cat the size of a small armchair. She loves climbing volcanoes, watching crime dramas and reading fairy-tales. She is very good at eating chocolate. Her novels for teenagers weave together past, present, future and fantasy. Her latest novel Night Witches is set on a war-torn world, with a darkly complex and powerful heroine.
A thrilling read, with a powerful love story, set in a resonant fantasy world. Like the best fantasy books, it creates a new world which has parallels with our own. Addlington is a great storyteller and this ia a gripping and rewarding read. — The School Librarian
An author who has made something of a speciality of weaving real historical threads into the imagined worlds of her futuristic novels. Classy...this is a complex novel which draws you into a world which feels both imaginatively strange and absorbingly familiar in these days of intense debate about 'God delusions'. I applaud it. — Books for Keeps
There's a real sense of genuine female empowerment in this book. Interesting, exciting and moreish. — The BookBag
PRAISE FOR THE DIARY OF PELLY D:
'a convincingly told and gripping story'
... catches you by the throat and it doesn't let you go even when you have read the last paragraph. This is a brilliant example of storytelling at its most seductive ... a fastpaced, utterly absorbing novel that is hard to put down ... — Sunday Morning Post, John Millen
L J Adlington's spare and concise voice brings Pelly D vividly to life ... will intrigue and grip from the first diary entry to the open-ended and chilling conclusion. — Pocklington Post
Written in the breathless, racy style of a young teenager, Pelly's diaries just keep you reading ... It gives an old theme a fresh twist ... — York Evening Press
... a clever, unusual story that readers looking for something different will find captivating. The book reveals its secrets slowly with maximum impact. — South China Morning Post
Adlington has crafted an original and disturbing dystopian fantasy told in a smart and sympathetic teen voice. — Booklist
This book is one thing: amazing. — Voya
'In this powerful debut novel, Adlington deftly sketches in the background to Pelly D's increasingly totalitarian world, whilst allowing her sparky heroine centre stage.' — Books for Keeps September 05
A stunning novel: a gripping page-turner. — The Press
Crammed with surprises... enjoyable and fast moving. — School Librarian
A lively and compelling story that takes and interesting perspective to German WW2 history. — hackwriters
There's a real sense of genuine female empowerment in this book. Interesting, exciting, and moreish. — Bookbag
A willing exception for anything by LJ Adlington, an author who has made something of a speciality of weaving real historical threads into the imagined worlds of her futuristic novels. A complex novel which feels both imaginatively strange, and absorbingly familiar... I highly applaud it. * * * * — Books for Keeps
Thrilling... with a powerful love story. Like the best fantasy books, it creates a new world which has parallels with our own. Adlington is a great storyteller and this is a gripping and rewarding read. — School Librarian