To save her people, a wingless girl must learn to fly.
As a piskey girl born without wings and raised underground, Ivy yearns for flight almost as much as she misses her long-lost mother. But the world outside the Delve is full of danger, and her dreams seem hopeless until she meets a mysterious faery who makes her an enticing offer: If Ivy helps him escape the Delve's dungeon, he'll teach her how to fly.
Freeing Richard could cost Ivy her reputation, perhaps even her life. But when her fellow piskeys start to disappear and her beloved little sister goes missing, Ivy has no choice but to take the risk.
Deadly threats and shocking revelations await Ivy as she ventures into a strange new world, uncovers long-buried secrets about her family's past, and finds that no one—not even herself—is entirely what they seem.
About the Author
Born in Uganda to missionary parents, R.J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women's Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three sons, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. She lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
"A fast-paced story that will be enjoyed by those who love a little magic and a little faery, perfect for fans of Holly Black and Cornelia Funke." — School Library Journal — School Library Journal
"With magic stemming from its vibrant language and enchanted creatures, Swift is a spellbinding and delightful fantasy." — Foreword Reviews — Foreword Reviews
"A soaring tale about the courage needed to question, to trust—and to fly." — Rosamund Hodge, New York Times best-selling author of Cruel Beauty — Rosamund Hodge
"An inventive addition to faery lore with a classic fantasy feel. Ivy is a plucky, passionate heroine, and the immersive setting is complemented by a well-rounded cast of characters and a twisty, keeps-you-guessing plot. Charming, gripping, and masterfully told.” —Joanna Ruth Meyer, author of Beyond the Shadowed Earth
— Joanna Ruth Meyer
"Anderson brings to life a world full of piskeys, faeries, and spriggans. A coming-of-age tale that will delight readers of all ages." — Morgan L. Busse, award-winning author of The Ravenwood Saga — Morgan L. Busse
"An exciting, richly plotted novel... R.J. Anderson adeptly weaves ancient myth with topical questions on the nature of threat and protection in a civilized society." — BookTrust
— Book Trust
"A compelling read and beautifully crafted." — Birmingham Post --This text refers to the hardcover edition. — Birmingham Post