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The Tourmaline

The Tourmaline

A Princess of Roumania (Volume 2)

Paul Park

Tor Books




The sequel to Park's stunning fantasy debut, A Princess of Roumania.
Teenager Miranda Popescu is at the fulcrum of a deadly political and diplomatic battle between conjurers in an alternate fantasy world where "Roumania" is a leading European power. Miranda was hidden by her aunt in our world. An American couple adopted and raised her in their quiet Massachusetts college town, but she had been translated by magic back to her own world, and is at large, five years in the future.
The mad Baroness Ceaucescu in Bucharest, and the sinister alchemist, the Elector of Ratisbon, who holds her true mother prisoner in Germany are her enemies. This is the story of how Miranda -- separated from her two best friends, Peter and Andromeda who have been left behind in the forests of an alternate America -- begins to grow into her own personality. And how Peter and Andromeda are shockingly changed in the process of making their way to Roumania to find Miranda again at the end of this book.

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NYPL Books for the Teen Age, James Tiptree, Jr. Award Honor List, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library


Chapter One

The Hoosick River

All afternoon they searched the riverbank. Peter went a mile in both directions, tramping through the high reeds next to the water. At intervals he called Miranda's name.

It was a bright, clear...


Praise for The Tourmaline

“Complex, elusive, haunting, written in a transparent prose that slips you from one world to another with prestidigitous ease, A Princess of Roumania is a quietly and profoundly original novel.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

“The premise of the novel is fascinating and the prose is lyrical.” —Romantic Times Bookclub on A Princess of Roumania

“Park's fantasy debut, the first of a projected series, features a strong and resourceful teen heroine and an action-packed story of friendship and adversity. With strong appeal for both YA and adult readers, this belongs in most libraries.” —Library Journal on A Princess of Roumania

“Paul Park's A Princess of Roumania will delight fantasy readers with its mix of intrigue, death and the possibility of rebirth. . . .An interesting first volume in what promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking series.” —Bookpage

“Sharp characterization and an unusual historical backdrop distinguish Park's charming leadoff to an intricate new fantasy series.” —Publishers Weekly on A Princess of Roumania

“His people are alive, exasperating and exhilarating. His world is a grand creation, complex and inventive, charming and threatening, real and impossible, as our own.” —Michael Swanwick on A Princess of Roumania

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PAUL PARK lives in North Adams, MA

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