Stain by A.G. Howard


A high-fantasy gothic fairytale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea.Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins...After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest ... disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra's rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and nigh...

Details Stain

Release DateJan 15th, 2019
PublisherAbrams/Amulet Books
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

Reviews Stain

  • A.G. Howard
    So excited to finally post this title! Two things to know about this book: There's no love triangle, and it's a standalone.Here's a little insight into the story: Stain, my anti-princess, lives in an alternative medieval world where the moon has been torn from the sky and banished to a wintry night kingdom deep beneath the earth, leaving the sun and kinder seasons to the day kingdom above ground. This has made for an intricately built fantasy wor...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I just about can’t stand any more beautiful book covers!This book was magical!!! (Photo courtesy to creators on the photo) Once upon a nightmare, a princess was born in the kingdom of perpetual daylight-a fine-boned babe who killed her queenly mother upon her entrance to the world Not everything is as it seems in this world. God, how I loved it. Lyra is different from all. Vesper is different from all. They must come together to bring their wor...
  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    "Once upon a nightmare, a princess was born in the kingdom of perpetual daylight..." Stain was one of my most anticipated books: soon as it was available to pre-order I did not hesitate. I was lucky enough that my pre-order came earlier than expected and I'm so glad. Unlike the majority of fans of the author, I did not know the author for Splintered. I was first introduced to her beautiful gothic romance/new adult novel The Architect of Song. I b...
  • Mads
    To do review!!!
  • Jennie Damron
    A modern fairytale that is what this beautiful book is. OMG! I loved this book from the beautiful cover to the words inside. It does start off slow, but if you keep with it you will be richly rewarded. A.G Howard said she was inspired by the Princess and the Pea. Believe me when I say this book is it's own story with different characters and beautiful world building. To me it was a completely different tale. Lyra is a wonderful girl who you are a...
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    Read more of my reviews at!It's no secret around my blog that A.G. Howard is one of my absolute favorite authors. I fell in love with the Splintered series in 2014 and have loved everything she has written since. I also adore fairytale retellings! When I heard about Stain, I knew there was a good chance it would be one of my top reads of 2019, and I'm pretty sure I was right.This haunting story is about Lyra, princess of the kingd...
  • Darque Dreamer
    Stain is hauntingly enchanting. It’s an epic tale with a perfect blend of whimsy, darkness, and “faerie tale happiness.” Vividly beautiful, with a nice sprinkle of Grimm horror, this one is sure to ensorcell you!I absolutely loved Stain. It had so many rich details, and world building for ages! It felt like it had hints of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty with a sprinkle of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stardust. It also shined...
  • Heather
    This book is simply fabulous! Here’s the description from > “ After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to w...
  • thi
    finally!! a standalone mystical fantasy that, yes is a bit dense, but isn’t bogged down by over exaggerated descriptive filter at least on my radar, “fantasy” has come to mean two extremes: urban settings with a (relatively simple) magic system or an entire heavily crafted world that is often very gritty and violent ... I’ve found that this happily falls in between I feel so catered to with this particular book because I love gothic image...
  • Denia Books & Baubles
    This was a very interesting read, very different and not what I was expecting at all. The book itself is not bad but you have to have a specific taste to get through this book. The writing is based on old fairy tale writing, like the brothers Grimm or something similar. It's written in third person and her writing is beautiful and it flows nicely. However, there are many words that are confusing and "old" if that makes any sense. You have to be r...
  • Brittany Kantack
    This book was so magical and beautiful, I was sucked in. The story was fantastic, the world building was perfect. I have no complaints about this book. I'm so glad I made this impulse buy. I honestly think this is one of my favorite books ever. Definitely will be in this year's top 10 favorites.
  • Marcy McKay
    Stain is my favorite A.G. Howard novel, which is amazing, because I've love them ALL. Her books always have a magical, fairytale quality to them and this one will not disappoint. The characters are wonderful, the writing is lush and beautiful; plus, the story is unforgettable. Stain will stay with you long after it has ended.
  • Skye Elizabeth
    4.5Lovely, but it could have been about 100 pages shorter. Full review to come.
  • Alexandra (Books-In-A-Storm)
    I loved it! The story is amazing and I just want to read it again.
  • ella ✨
    I really loved this one! I’m a huge fan of A. G. Howard’s writing and this didn’t disappoint 😍 I would have given it 5 stars but I found the first section (150-ish pages) pretty hard to get through and I feel like a 5 star rating needs to describe the whole book, rather than the last 350 pages aha x
  • Bethany Crandell
    As one of AG's critique partner's, I had the privilege of reading this beautiful book while she wrote it and...OHMYGOD! You guys, this story has EVERYTHING! Rich characters, delicious world-building, an unpredictable story line riddled with betrayal and friendship, romance and's SO good. Cannot wait for everyone to read it next year!!
  • Chai (Like Chai Tea)
    It's been a while since I've read a high fantasy novel and I'm happy to have stumbled on this one. "She'll lead, so every eye will be turned on her. All these years, our kingdoms have hoped for the princess of the prophecy, awaited some living fairy tale to unfold before their eyes. We'll give it to them: a princess aglow with moonlight and silver—a survivor of ash and thorns—riding through the gates, triumphant, astride a brumal stag, the ep...
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  • Kendra Burns
    Reading Stain has been a journey. I first got an ARC from my boss at The Book Vine here in Cherokee after she returned from a book convention. It took me months to work up the nerve to read it for fear of it ending. Today, some months after first getting my hands on this book, I can proudly say that I've finished to book. Stain is everything I had hoped it to be and more. It's dark and gritty while also being hopeful and like a dream. A.G. Howard...
  • Grace P. (gracefulreads)
    3.25 / 5 STAIN is a high-fantasy tale following Princess Lyra and Prince Vesper from two rival kingdoms. Relaying their histories from day one, the book highlights their intersecting stories and the prophecy ensuring their betrothal. When Lyra’s father, the king, dies unexpectedly, his sister, Griselda, casts Lyra out of the kingdom for her own gain. Lyra luckily survives and is rescued by a witch who takes her memories and brings her to the en...
  • Thuglein
    An Actual FairytaleI love retellings. I grew up on Disney and fell in love with the darker, more honest stories from which they came. So I love fairytale retellings, but Stain is unique. This is the first novel I've read from A. G. Howard and I'm am impressed. First, what do I mean by it's an 'Actual Fairytale'? It read like one. From the beautiful images that Howard painted with words, to her characters, both heros and villains, to the unfolding...