The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
(Orion, 2019)

The Deathless Girls

by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic - this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst for 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…


Think you’re bored of vampire stories? Think again. The Deathless Girls is exquisitely written, as we have come to expect from Millwood Hargrave, but it is also riveting, intoxicating, and utterly unputdownable. ”
- Louise O’Neill, author of Asking For It
A wonderful idea, brilliantly told, about the girls who end up being Dracula's brides. I literally could not put it down; in fact, I resorted to stirring porridge with one hand while holding Kiran's novel in the other.”
- Francesca Simon, author of The Monstrous Child
Hargrave is a deceptively modern writer who finally invests Dracula’s beleaguered brides with some feminist clout”
- The Telegraph
This isn’t a bloodthirsty horror book – indeed, Dracula himself makes only a cameo appearance – but a feminist origin story of sisterhood, fate and survival certain to bewitch teenage readers and beyond.”
- The Observer