“Full of magic and intrigue, House of Marionne is the perfect escape for fans of fantasies that straddle the edge of our world and transport readers to dazzling, deceptive, and unexpected places.” – Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ballad of Never After
From New York Times bestselling author J. Elle comes a modern-day YA romantic fantasy series opener about a glamorous magical world of social elites, forbidden love, and a dark magic that could destroy it all.
A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, and Bridgerton.
BURY YOUR SECRET OR DIE FOR IT.
17 year-old Quell has lived her entire life on the run. She and her mother have fled from city to city, in order to hide the deadly magic that flows through Quell’s veins.
Until someone discovers her dark secret.
To hide from the assassin hunting her, and keep her mother out of harm’s way, Quell reluctantly inducts into a debutante society of magical social elites called the Order that she never knew existed. If she can pass their three rites of membership, mastering their proper form of magic, she’ll be able to secretly bury her forbidden magic forever.
If caught, she will be killed.
But becoming the perfect debutante is a lot harder than Quell imagined, especially when there’s more than tutoring happening with Jordan, her brooding mentor and— assassin in training.
When Quell uncovers the deadly lengths the Order will go to defend its wealth and power, she’s forced to choose: embrace the dark magic she’s been running from her entire life or risk losing everything, and everyone, she’s grown to love.
Still, she fears the most formidable monster she’ll have to face is the one inside.
Brimming with ballgowns and betrayal, magic and mystery, decadence and darkness, House of Marionne is perfect for readers who crave morally gray characters, irresistible romance, dark academia, and a deeply intoxicating and original world.
About the Author
J. Elle is the New York Times bestselling author of young adult and middle-grade fantasy fiction and a 2022 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth and Teens. The former educator credits her nomadic lifestyle and humble inner-city beginnings as inspiration for her novels. When she’s not writing, Elle can be found on the hunt for desserts without chocolate, looking for any excuse to get dressed up, and road-tripping her way across the country with her two dogs in tow.
"Full of magic and intrigue, House of Marionne is perfect escape for fans of fantasies that straddle the edge of our world and transport readers to dazzling, deceptive, and unexpected places." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ballad of Never After
"With House of Marionne, J.Elle lures you through a portal and into an elaborate, enthralling world of magic and monsters and mayhem, where the twists and turns take you—and her characters—places you never expected to go." — Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the An Ember in the Ashes series
“House of Marionne is a captivating contemporary fantasy that’s sure to enchant readers from the start. Perfect for fans of magical boarding schools, dark secrets, and books with glittering atmosphere.” – Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“House of Marionne is both a page-turner and a story that takes its time to build a rich, magical world and sympathetic characters. I held my breath from page one. J. Elle has outdone herself." – Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series
“House of Marionne is bloodthirsty, magical, and an absolute blast. Once you're inside its glittering world of dangerous deals and wonderfully tactile magic, you won't want to leave.” — Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of the Hazel Wood series
"Inventive, evocative, and epic. House of Marionne is a dazzling magical thrill ride." —Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying
"House of Marionne is one of the most original fantasies I've ever read. J. Elle has created a lush and beautifully romantic world that is as magical as it is dangerous." —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sun is Also a Star
"From the first page, House of Marionne feels like stepping intoan intoxicating dream of magic, beauty, and shadowy secrets, one that’s as dazzling as it is imaginative. With a must-read blend of romance, loveable characters, and suspense, this story is a glittering triumph." —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lore "An absolute delight.House of Marionne is the book I always looked for and never found as a young Black girl. Elle crafts a series opener that interweaves sparkling romance, dynamic characters, and a bracing plot to tell a story that is both vivid and heartfelt." —Ayana Gray, New York Times-bestselling author of the Beasts of Prey trilogy
"House of Marionne glitters with magic, deception, and betrayal. Readers will be swept away by Elle’s glamorous world in this enchanting series opener." —Rachel Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Witches