An original world. A legendary competition. A mesmerizing romance. An unbreakable bond between two sisters. 

Welcome to Caraval!

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

What people are saying about Caraval

Instant New York Times Bestseller

#1 IndieNext Pick

Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List (Grade: A-)

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

An iBooks Best Book of the Month


“Caraval is The Night Circus Jr., with a dash of Alice in Wonderland and a sprinkle of Fantasy Island. If blood and madness, ‘shameless curves and immoral promises’ entice you, well, come to the cabaret.” –The New York Times Book Review

“The Hunger Games meets The Night Circus in this tale of two sisters enmeshed in a deadly game. Grade: A-” –Entertainment Weekly

“Spellbinding.” –US Weekly

“A magnificent debut, and a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This twisty, terrifically fun page-turner is ideal for fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, and fantasy novels where relationships between sisters drive the plot, such as The Hunger Games. VERDICT: A must-have fantasy debut for high school collections.” –School Library Journal

“Caraval sweeps you into a treacherous and romantic world that takes center stage in this story of two sisters and their longing for more.” –Justine

“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love and betrayal. I lost myself in this dangerous, enchanting world–and never wanted to come out.” –Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember In the Ashes and A Torch in the Night



Caraval is/will be available from the following publishers: 


United States: Flatiron/Macmillan


Azerbaijan: Teas Publishing House

Brazil: Novo Conceito

Bulgaria: BARD

China: Booky

Czech Republic: Egmont

Denmark: Turbine

Finland: WSOY

France: Bayard

Germany: Piper

Hungary: Libri

Indonesia: Noura 

Iran: Behdad Publications

Israel: Miskal

Italy: RCS Ragazzi

Japan: Kino Books

Korea: Sam & Parkers

Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff (To be published under the title Het Zwarte Hart)

Norway: Aschehoug

Lithuania: Balto Trader

Poland:  Znak 

Portugal: Presenca

Romania: RAO

Russia: Atticus-Azbooka

Serbia: Laguna

Slovakia: Egmont

Spain: Planeta

Sweden: Wahlstroms Bökforlag

Taiwan: Faces

Turkey: Dogan-Egmont

Ukraine: Krajina Mriy

United Kingdom & Commonwealth: Hodder & Stoughton

*International publication dates and titles may vary.

Caraval is available for order at the following sites: 

Amazon (USA)

Amazon (UK)

Barnes and Noble

Book Depository

Kepler’s Books