In Sarah Jane Singer’s The Wall, a sheltered girl uncovers the truth about her reclusive family.
At the heart of a haunted forest is the Wall. Built by a wealthy lord to protect his young family, it shields his only daughter for eighteen years, until eerie portents compel the girl to escape to the Outside. She meets a handsome wanderer who shows her all the wonders of their world—everything she has always wanted to see. But the Wall was built for a reason, and that reason will follow her to the ends of the earth to fulfill its purpose.
Curious and naïve yet ever suspicious, the girl will not even reveal her true name, instead borrowing the name of her deceased sister. Her initial goal is child-like: she wishes to reconnect with an unknown boy who gifted her a lion years ago. But the farther she travels, the more she grows, and the more her true destiny becomes clear. She learns of a curse that plagued her family for years, no matter what was done to keep it at bay—and she learns how to stop the curse once and for all, at great personal cost.
The girl and her mysterious companion, Eytan, travel from her homeland of Gaerwn—filled with lush and beautiful wonders—to Eytan’s native Midbar, a desert continent of rolling dunes and dangerous magic. But it is the people they meet who prove the most extraordinary. Everyone they encounter is fascinating yet dangerous, capable of either helping the girl in her quest or destroying her. And in the end, the powers of love, concern, and compassion are the girl’s only hope of salvation.
The Wall is a fairy tale about lost love, a deadly curse, and self-discovery.
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