Book Review: The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave

The dark, twisty vampire story we’ve all been waiting for.

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About the Book

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

My Review

The Deathless Girls is Kiran’s first YA novel. This book has one of the most beautiful covers of any book I’ve ever seen. It is so autumnal, stunning under the dust jacket, and the end papers are so beautiful I could stare at them all day. It is also gorgeous on the inside, as bewitching as Kiran’s Middle Grade books, with a dark edge. This is a Dracula retelling focused on the brides of Dracula, rather than the vampires, and it is all the better for being focused on the girls. I expected more vampires, but I was glad that this story was first and foremost a story about women, community and sisterhood. Lil and Kitty are at the centre of this story, torn away from their community on what should have been their Divining Day, one of the most important days in their lives. Their village is burnt down and they are taken away from everyone that ever meant anything to them, apart from each other. The place they are taken is filled with fear, there is an undercurrent of horror amongst the girls and women there. The Dragon is a figure in the background filling them all with fear, and the vampires in this book are truly terrifying. I loved the way Lil and Kitty developed and how their relationship grew throughout this book. I loved Lil’s growing feelings for Mira, and the way that she became braver when her sister needed her. Lil had a horrifying choice to make in this book, and her response took me by surprise. The Deathless Girls is a brilliant book, and one you should all read if you haven’t already.

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