Nettle & Bone

Nettle & Bone

Illustration By John Jude Palencar

Dust jacket and chapter head illustration by John Jude Palencar.

Note: There is a limit of one copy of any edition per person/household. If you have already ordered a copy, please do not order another.

We're thrilled to announce our first project with T. Kingfisher. Nettle & Bone will feature a full-color dust jacket and chapter head illustration by John Jude Palencar. The first signature of the book will be printed in two colors, to better show off John's illustration.

About the Book:

This isn't the kind of fairytale where the princess marries a prince.

It's the one where she kills him.

Marra never wanted to be a hero. 

As the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter, she escaped the traditional fate of princesses, to be married away for the sake of an uncaring throne. But her sister wasn’t so fortunate—and after years of silence, Marra is done watching her suffer at the hands of a powerful and abusive prince. 

To win a weapon to kill a prince, she must complete three impossible tasks. But the impossible is only the beginning…

Lettered: 26 signed, bradel bound copies, housed in a custom traycase

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies


From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“The plot snaps along as quickly as a good joke, and beneath the whimsy, there’s an underlying sympathy and sincerity that enables Kingfisher to handle tricky issues like domestic violence with great compassion and care. At its heart a story of good people doing their best to make the unjust world a fairer place, this marvelous romp will delight Kingfisher’s fans and fairy tale lovers alike.”


From Library Journal (Starred Review):

“Blending fairy-tale familiarity and common-sense characters, Kingfisher’s prose balances grim circumstances with humor and heart. Readers of Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered and Melissa Albert’s ‘The Hazel Wood’ series should pick this up immediately.”


From Booklist (Starred Review):

Nettle & Bone leans into the macabre and evokes the Grimm-est of stories... Highly recommended for fans of fractured fables like Naomi Novik’s Uprooted (2015) and Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread (2019).”

T. Kingfisher
John Jude Palencar
272 pages