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The Dark Lady - Akala

The Dark Lady - Akala
 The Dark Lady - AkalaThe Dark Lady - Akala 

Title: The Dark Lady

Author:  Akala

ISBN:  9781444943696

Weight:  827 g

Limited signed first edition, first printing



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The Dark Lady by Akala

A natural storyteller with a vision of his own, The Dark Lady, Akala’s debut novel for teens will enthuse and entertain teenagers and young adults, showing that reading is a true super-power.

A pickpocket with an exceptional gift
A prisoner of extraordinary value
An orphan haunted by dreams of the mysterious Dark Lady

Henry is an orphan, an outsider, a thief.  He is also a fifteen-year-old invested with magical powers…

This brilliant, at times brutal, first novel from the amazing imagination that is Akala, will glue you to your seat as you are hurled into a time when London stank and boys like Henry were forced to find their own route through the tangled streets and out the other side.

Peer & Press Reviews

Akala’s debut novel for teenagers and young adults is going to be a bestseller – remember where you read that first!

The Voice

It’s a supernatural adventure story… It’s beautifully researched, rich with historical detail and real events…  Mostly, I enjoyed the sense of Elizabethan London as it rises, redolent, from the pages, and the story, which has plenty of twists and turns and enough magic to draw in every reader.


The Dark Lady is a compelling rollercoaster of a journey.  It’s incredibly atmospheric, you feel transported to the sights, sounds and smells of Shakespearean London, all thanks to the incredibly engaging storytelling of Akala.  It’s full of guilt, revenge and a little bit of magic, the perfect combination for this sophisticated YA historical novel.  You simply won’t be able to put this one down.  Cue the sequel!


Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Dark Lady
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page – see image.

Printed on this page is the phrase ‘Limited Signed Edition’, plus the title, and the author’s name.

Issued by Hodder Children’s Books, the total number of books in this unnumbered limited edition is unknown.

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the signature page – see image.
Book Stats
PublisherHachette Children’s Group
ImprintHodder Children’s Books
Age guide13+
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781444943696
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 146 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographPaul Husband
Cover illustrationKingsley Nebechi
Jacket artKingsley Nebechi
Jacket imagesShutterstock

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