Amazon Blurb:

In this extraordinary stand-alone novel, the authors and translator of Vita Nostra—a “dark Harry Potter on steroids with a hefty dose of metaphysics” (award-winning author Aliette de Bodard)—return with a story about creation, music, and companionship filled with their hallmark elements of subtle magic and fantasy.

Late one night, fate brings together DJ Aspirin and ten-year-old Alyona. After he tries to save her from imminent danger, she ends up at his apartment. But in the morning sinister doubts set in. Who is Alyona? A young con artist? A plant for a nefarious blackmailer? Or perhaps a long-lost daughter Aspirin never knew existed? Whoever this mysterious girl is, she now refuses to leave.

A game of cat-and-mouse has begun.

Claiming that she is a musical prodigy, Alyona insists she must play a complicated violin piece to find her brother. Confused and wary, Aspirin knows one thing: he wants her out of his apartment and his life. Yet every attempt to get rid of her is thwarted by an unusual protector: her plush teddy bear that may just transform into a fearsome monster.

Alyona tells Aspirin that if he would just allow her do her work, she’ll leave him—and this world. He can then return to the shallow life he led before her. But as outside forces begin to coalesce, threatening to finally separate them, Aspirin makes a startling discovery about himself and this ethereal, eerie child.

Daughter from the Dark will be released on February 11, 2020! Preorder now!


“Don’t call me silly! Stop condescending to me! I’m the adult here, and I don’t care if there is a monsoon outside: you’re still going.”


Absolutely perfect in every way and I won’t hear a bad word about it.

I didn’t intend to read this in a single day. The book had other ideas. Wow. it made me pull out my violin from storage. and I suck at that thing. I loved this book so much. I couldn’t put it down at all. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the book by the time the book ended, wanting it to go on and on. I knew how it was going to end… and I hated seeing it happen in front of my eyes.

DJ Aspirin meets a little girl with a teddy bear in the street, and it changes his life forever. Annoyed at himself for helping her against his better judgement, he gets even more angry when she says she is his daughter in order to get her way. Oh, and the teddy bear may have killed someone. This little girl, Alyona, is on a mission: she has to find her brother and save him by playing his song on the violin perfectly.

I have rarely been so utterly and perfectly catered to by a single work like this. I don’t know if you know this, but violin is hard. There are so many things that you have to do to produce good sound, so many things you have to remember all at once. And Alyona has to do it all perfectly. As a child. Unreal. I loved it!

But Daughter from the Dark wasn’t just about violin and a little girl with a deadly teddy bear. It was the people. DJ Aspirin is…not a nice person. But it is thrilling because of the potential he has and the hope you have that he will one day see and become what you want him to. Alyona is freaky (and her bear is terrifying) with the fact that she is child-like but not a child at all. Plus, they have a really wicked relationship I couldn’t stop reading about.

Not everything is sunshine and roses. Sometimes it is desperation and fear. And I just loved every moment of reading this.

I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Marina & Sergey Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hershey, Harper Voyager/HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for providing the opportunity to review this copy!