The Beholder (Hardcover)
Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Selah, seneschal-elect of Potomac, knows that she must find a husband for the good of her country. But when she is publicly rejected in front of her father’s court and her stepmother takes the opportunity to send her across the Atlantic under the guise of securing an engagement, Selah realizes there are more things at play in her life than her own heart. Sweeping in scale and lushly romantic, The Beholder is a shimmering debut that whispers its magic to you, wraps you up in an old cloak of fairy tales, and carries you off across a brand-new ocean of its own making. A positively lovely book.”
— Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA
“Sparkles with beauty, intrigue, and romance.”—Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series
Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic to visit a series of potential suitors—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
From the gardens of England to the fjords of Norge, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.
Lush landscapes, dazzling romance, and captivating intrigue await in this stunning alternate historical YA debut—perfect for fans of The Selection or Caraval.
About the Author
Anna Bright is an indie bookseller by day and an author by night who still gets in trouble for reading when she’s supposed to be doing other things. When not hiding out among books, she loves concerts, roller coasters, and adventures at home and abroad. Anna lives with her husband and cat in a charming cobblestoned neighborhood in Washington, DC, but you can find her online at www.annabrightbooks.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @brightlyanna.
“Sparkles with beauty, intrigue, and romance. The Beholder will leave you clutching your poor heart and aching for the sequel.”
— Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series
“Full of romance and political intrigue that had me captivated from the very first page. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.”
— Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Crown’s Game series
“High adventure, political intrigue, and swoon-worthy romance. A glittering paean to storytelling.”
— ALA Booklist
“Wholly unique, yet familiar in all the right ways. Put this at the top of your to-read pile if you love fairy tales, epic voyages, and—of course—swoon-worthy love stories.”
— Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling author of My Plain Jane (with Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton) and the Fallen Isles trilogy
“It’s impossible not to root for Selah. A fully captivating story.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books