"A suspenseful, multi-layered tale of how the sparks of revolution are kindled, and of those who strive to ignite them."
—Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The much-anticipated stand-alone prequel to the bestselling Queen of the Tearling trilogy tells the story of a decadent kingdom descended into darkness, alliances forged under fire, and a battle over a prophecy that will change the course of history.


The Tearling has reverted to feudalism, a far cry from the utopia it was founded to be. As the gap between rich and poor widens and famine threatens the land, sparking unrest, rumors of a prophecy begin to spread: a great hope, a True Queen who will rise up and save the kingdom.
 
But rumors will not help Lazarus, a man raised to kill in the brutal clandestine underworld of the Creche, nor Aislinn, a farm girl who must reckon with her own role in the growing rebellion. In the Keep, the crown princess, Elyssa, finds herself torn between duty to the throne and the lure of the Blue Horizon, a group of fierce idealists who promise radical change . . . but Elyssa must choose quickly, before a nefarious witch and her shadowy master use dark magic to decide for her. It is only a matter of time before all three will be called into the service of something bigger than they have ever imagined: a fight for a better world.
"A many-layered tale of intrigue and revolution, Beneath the Keep adds new depth — and not a few surprises — to Erika Johansen’s acclaimed Tearling trilogy. The prequel deftly sets the stage for Queen Kelsea’s reign, as factions jockey for power over the throne and an uprising gathers in the shadows. A must-read for fans of the Tearling!"
—Helene Wecker, New York Times bestselling author of The Golem and the Jinni

"A suspenseful, multi-layered tale of how the sparks of revolution are kindled, and of those who strive to ignite them."
—Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The Queen of the Tearling is a marvelous adventure about a woman growing unapologetically into her own power, and the sacrifice that comes with responsibility. I loved it."
—Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of the Winternight trilogy

“A page-turning prequel that fans of the Queen of the Tearling series are sure to love. With clout-heavy women both good and bad, it tells the story of a powerful family that began in glory but has long since soured until it now survives by subjugating the very people it professed to protect. Only the True Queen can restore equality, but not until Elyssa’s mother relinquishes her grip on the throne. . . . Dark and timely, Beneath the Keep is a study in delicious contrasts with political intrigue set against gritty survival, of excess born in bone-chilling deprivation, of high values falling to shocking, base desires. And, of course, magic struggling to rise over cruel, brute force.”
—Kim Harrison, author of The Hollows series