When Tomas was six, someone something tried to drown him. And burn him to a crisp. Tomas survived, but whatever was trying to kill him freaked out his parents enough to convince them to move from Slovakia to the United States.

Now sixteen-year-old Tomas and his family are back in Slovakia, and that something still lurks somewhere. Nearby. Ready to drown him again and imprison his soul in a teacup. Then there s the fire víla, the water ghost, the pitchfork-happy city folk, and Death herself who are all after him. All this sounds a bit comical, unless the one haunted by water ghosts and fire vílas or doing time in a cramped, internet-deprived teacup is you.

If Tomas wants to survive, he’ll have to embrace the meaning behind the Slovak proverb: With Death, nobody makes a pact.

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Brandon Sanderson, NYT Bestselling Author of the Mistborn series: “VODNIK is compelling, interesting and darkly humorous. I think you’ll love it.”
Kirkus: “A first encounter with racism blends well with a compelling fantasy adventure […] a shy boy blossoms in this suprisingly witty debut.”
School Library Journal: “Bryce Moore has done something most authors can’t do; he has created a story with a completely different type of mythology […] The author has created a great new type of mystery and legend, and I’m one reader who can’t wait to see if this story continues to develop.”
Signal Journal: “VODNIK is quite a page-turner with interesting twists full of humor and suspense till the end. Moore includes all the aspects of a brilliant fantasy novel that adolescents will love: a twisted family history, castles, cute girls, ancient crypts, buried treasure, and wicked but comical mythical creatures.”
Best Fantasy Books: “What’s really cool about VODNIK is the fact that it’s a cross between urban fantasy and Slovakian folk- and fairy tales and it works really really well […] This is a great YA book and a good one for adults as well.”


2012 AML Award: Best Young Adult Novel

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