The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
(Chicken House (UK), Knopf (US), 2016)

The Girl of Ink and Stars

by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Set at the start of the Golden Age of mapmaking, this is a skilfully crafted middle-grade adventure novel inspired by the Canarian myth of Guayota and his demon-dogs.

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring. Following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.


Millwood Hargrave is a name we will be hearing more from; her ideas are original, her imagination impressive — and the book jacket is my favourite of the year so far.”
- Alex O'Connell, The Times
Read The Girl of Ink & Stars by [Kiran Millwood Hargrave] over two days and loved it. One of those timeless stories that feels like a real myth.”
- Samantha Shannon
The Girl of Ink & Stars was a mesmerising, enchanting debut, full of adventure and fire and heart. It reads like a fairytale that’s 1000 years old … an absolute jewel of a book, as vivid and real and the maps inside it. It’s a classic in the making and I know I’ll be re-reading it again and again.”
- Melinda Salisbury
A fine mix of magic and adventure with a captivating heroine – enthralling and engrossing by turns. ”
- Celia Rees
Lovely book (and beautifully presented). I'm always a complete sucker for volcanoes, and the way they mould landscapes and mythologies, so this was very much my cup of tea.”
- Frances Hardinge
Kiran Millwood Hargrave creates a spellbinding world of magic, myth and adventure. The story holds you like a labyrinth and won't let you go.”
- Emma Carroll
Set in a vividly realised parallel world laced with magical realism, this is a mesmerising debut of maps, myths and girls of enormous courage.”
- The Bookseller, Editor's Choice
This debut novel from poet Millwood Hargrave is impressive and the book itself is a lovely object ... A magical tale of courage and the power of friendship”
- Daily Mail Summer Round up
The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a magical debut novel that is beautiful in both its presentation and spellbinding tale of maps, myth and friendship ... Truly special ... Beautiful writing creates a fairytale feel, making this a must-read for young fantasy fans”
- Guardian
The Girl of Ink & Stars at first seems in the magical-realist tradition, but as the apocalyptic menace luring in Joya's heart is revealed, the novel plunges into full-fledged fantasy. Exquisitely poised between sweetness and darkness, this is a novel that revels in the power of myth and storytelling ... The description “magical” is overused but genuinely applies to this book, a sweet and savage tale about a cartographer’s daughter, map-mad Isabella, who helps investigate the death of a classmate in the hellish heart of her island home. Hargrave has written a forceful, memorable work of fantasy.”
- Financial Times