Kristin Cashore grew up in the northern Pennsylvania countryside, the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center of the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her interntaionally best-selling novels, Graceling and Fire, have received multiple starred reviews. Their awards and citations include being named ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Booklist Editors' Choices, an Andre Norton Award Finalist (Graceling), and winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (Fire). Kristin Cashore can be found online at kristincashore.blogspot.com, and on Twitter as @kristincashore.
* "A story that transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight."--BCCB (starred review) * "Devastating and heartbreaking."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "Brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters."--SLJ, starred review * "Fans of . . .intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review "An exceptional book: heartbreaking, deep, and beautiful."--wandsandworlds.com "Cashore is wonderful, tough and nuanced--everything you could want from a writer."--Junot Diaz, author of This is How You Lose Her