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The Night Country

A Hazel Wood Novel

Melissa Albert

Flatiron Books

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ISBN10: 1250246075
ISBN13: 9781250246073


352 Pages



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In The Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang.

With Finch’s help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother’s dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors—and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and—if he can find it—a way back home . . .


Praise for The Night Country

“This fairy tale noir adventure blends romance and mystery with plenty of action . . . a must-read for fans of portal fantasies, mysteries, and readers who prefer their magic with bloody sharp edges.”—SLJ (starred review)

“Melissa Albert deftly weaves her magic once again between our world and the fairy tale realm of the Hinterland. The Night Country is a new modern classic filled with wondrous delights and daring forays into the dark.”—Kim Liggett, author of The Grace Year

The Night Country is so deliciously creepy—the kind of puzzle box nightmare you have to see through to the end.”—Emily X.R. Pan, author of The Astonishing Color of After

“This follow-up to the astonishing The Hazel Wood displays the same lush prose, dizzying imagination, and macabre sensibilities (along with the grisly body count). A necessary read for Hinterland fans—and who isn't?”—Kirkus Reviews

“What Albert renders on the page is audacious: with resounding success, she keeps a firm grip on her characters and their stories, and her prose weaves a magic of its own, animating the ever-expanding fantastical premise through lyrical language, striking metaphor, and a mastery of tone that forces readers to feel the magic along with the underlying emotional stakes. It’s a magnificent creation, laden with wonder and fear impossible to turn away from, that will satisfy fans and grow with readers over time. Literal goose bumps.”—Booklist (starred review)

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Read an Excerpt


I was eighteen years old, give or take a fairy-tale century, when I had my first kiss.

I was in my senior year at a school in Brooklyn, where I’d enrolled not long after two twisted-up years in the Hinterland. I craved normal,...

About the author

Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn. The Night Country is her second novel.

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Melissa Albert

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