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Curse of the Specter Queen


"This lush, high-stakes, adventure tale has it all-a rollicking plot, a sweet slow burn of a romance, and a heroine on an epic journey filled with ciphers, curses, and twists that kept me guessing at every turn. A delightful read from start to finish, Curse of the Specter Queen is one of my new favorites." – Alyson Noël, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Immortals


Samantha Knox put away her childish fantasies of archaeological adventure the day her father didn't return home from the Great War, retreating to the safety of the antique bookshop where she works. But when a mysterious package arrives with a damaged diary inside, Sam's peaceful life is obliterated. Ruthless men intent on reclaiming the diary are after Sam, setting her and her best friend, along with her childhood crush, on a high-stakes adventure that lands them in the green hills outside Dublin, Ireland. Here they discover an ancient order with a dark purpose - to perform an occult ritual that will raise the Specter Queen, the Celtic goddess of vengeance and death, to bring about a war unlike any the world has ever seen. To stop them, Sam must solve a deviously complex cipher - one that will lead her on a treasure hunt to discover the ancient relic at the heart of the ritual: a bowl carved from the tree of life. Will she find the bowl and stop the curse of the Specter Queen, or will the ancient order bring about the end of the world?

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  • Praise for Curse of the Specter Queen

    "Pure fun from start to finish. Curse of the Specter Queen is a delightful historical romp, riddled with cryptic puzzles, hints of romance, and an adventurous cast of characters. An ideal escape for fans of curses, magic, and mystery."―Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Caravel series

  • "Sam is an appealing heroine: smart, well-read, gutsy, and introspective...[Curse of the Specter Queen is] a fast pace, compelling supernatural mystery, and intriguing historical setting add up to broad appeal."――Kirkus

  • “Apocalyptic curses, blood-chilling demons, and a centuries-old treasure hunt with a brilliant bookish heroine. Curse of the Spector Queen had me feverishly turning pages until I finally arrived at the epic conclusion.”―Livia Blackburne, New York Times best-selling author of Rosemarked and Midnight Thief

My Review:

5 Stars:When I saw the cover of this novel, I just had to click on it! After seeing Disney published it, I just knew I had to read it. This is a 1920's archaeological exploration in Ireland. Although the plot is super predictable, I enjoyed the flow of the storyline. Sam is one of those characters that I feel people will either love or hate with no in-between. The historical parts of this book would have to be my favorite. As a historical lover, I learned a lot from this novel that I just had to research more about. Another reviewer said it is an Indiana Jones meets National Treasure. Although both are good comparisons, I found this book to remind me of a wishbone episode, which brought back good childhood memories. This is a quick, easy read and leaves a lot to question so that future books could be written. ?


Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Disney-Hyperion for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. Her debut novel, HOOD, released in 2020 and was a JLG Selection, a Mayor’s Book Club selection, and received critical acclaim. Her new series kicks off in 2021 with CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN.

When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two children.




Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes award-winning children's books for all ages, featuring several formats: board books, picture books, chapter books, novels, and paperback originals. Imprints include: Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, Disney Press, Marvel Press, and Disney Lucasfilm Press. Content ranges from feature film movie tie-ins and titles that highlight popular Disney franchises to award-winning content by best-selling authors such as Mo Willems and Rick Riordan.

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