July 10, 2012
$15.99 [Hardcover Edition]
$10.99 US [Kindle Edition]
Large format hardcover: 272 pages
Alysia has quickly moved to a position of responsibility in SingleEarth, working among shapeshifters and witches who fight against vampires, but she is hiding secret alliances that could put her fellow mediators at risk.
The rich stew of the author’s creations—SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds—are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more “normal” place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can’t be covered up, they can ever really fit into “normal.”
-Text from Amazon.com and Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov
Delacorte Books for Young Readers (c) 2012
Cover art by Miranda Adria
Synopsis from Nyeusigrube.com:
Alysia Greengray considers herself a realist. She certainly isn’t an optimistic idealist, convinced that the world would be a better place if everyone learned to get along. A few years ago, she had been a hair away from either death or jail, wishing she were a sociopath so it would stop bothering her that no one cared, that nothing mattered. It had been an assassin named Sarta who saved her from herself, who had brought her into the Frost ring of the Bruja Guilds, she would have died on the streets. So how did she end up as the human representative of the North American Single Earth Mediator’s Table?
Sarik kuloka Mari, a Mistari shapeshifter, was raised by her father, as a shining symbol of his power, and as his heir. Stifled by the rigid Mistari laws and driven to join the wide world that her native culture denied her, she ran away from home and all she knew when she was a teenager, and was taken in by SingleEarth Haven. Since then, she has flourished, happy in a way she never had been before. Now, she is the Elavie representative of the North American Single Earth Mediator’s Table- and she will do anything and everything in her power to see that her new life, her chosen world, remains safe.
Now, someone is hunting SingleEarth. First a Triste is targeted, then a shapeshifter; finally Michael, the vampiric representative of the Table, is hit with a firestone bolt. So far, there have been no fatalities, but only because SingleEarth has many powerful healers, and its members are willing to bare their throats if necessary to help their own regain their strength.
The Table convenes. Alysia recognizes the bolts; how could she not? She was once a member of Onyx, after all… not that she would admit that to SingleEarth. This is a new kind of hunt, now: a hunt for a villain who would stalk an organization focused purely on peace- the villain responsible for Alysia’s having to become a bleeder, to save a vampire’s life and protect her own secrets. Sarik and Alysia are the ones chosen to speak to Onyx’s leader to try to find information on why their people have been targeted.
Sarik had distrusted Alysia from the moment she joined the mediator’s table two weeks ago, and the humans’ sudden, intimate knowledge of Onyx does nothing to disarm that distrust. Neither does the fact that, as they step into the shadowy Onyx Hall, the leader greets Alysia as an old friend. Why have they come here- when the villain is obviously one of their own?
* Publisher’s Weekly Review of Poison Tree, “[A]ction scenes are brilliantly executed, with a speed and brutality that fits the high-powered players. …fascinating, believable, and ready for further adventures.” – 6/11/2012 – http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-73754-8
* Kirkus Review of Poison Tree, “Readers may need to chart it all to keep things straight. … Enriched with plenty of fighting and weaponry … Possibilities left open for plenty of sequels … Complicated, but suspenseful.” – June 2012 – https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/amelia-atwater-rhodes/poison-tree-atwater-rhodes/#review
Did you know..?
* Before it was “Poison Tree”, this story’s working title was “Tiger Eyes”! 
* Ravyn, from Midnight Predator, has a cameo in this novel! 
* Originally slated for a January 2012 release, Amelia announced on her Nyeusigrube Forum that the publishing date has been moved back to July 2012. 
* It is speculated on the Nyeusigrube Forum that the Mistari, tiger shapeshifters, are involved in this novel!  **CONFIRMED on publishing!**
* “Poison Tree” had been up for publication post-“Midnight Predator”. When it was passed on, Amelia began publishing the Kiesha’ra instead, starting with “Hawksong” in 2003.
In the Author’s Words
“After All Just Glass, I’m planning on another long-time-in-the-works story currently titled Poison Tree, which deals with both SingleEarth and the Bruja guilds- two major organizations, one introduced in Shattered Mirror and one in Midnight Predator, who are polar opposites when it comes to their philosophies. Poison Tree will also teach a little more about Tristes, a breed referenced briefly in In the Forests of the Night and Midnight Predator, but never discussed in detail. After that… well, I have some exciting stories I am playing with, but I have not decided for certain what will happen with them.” 
“The most interesting thing about writing Tiger Eyes (beyond the fact that I got to work with Bruja again, and finally learn more about Tristes) was that it is narrated by dual protagonists. They don’t like each other, they don’t respect each other, and they certainly don’t trust each other- but they are both SingleEarth mediators, and so they play nice, smile and act sincere. The mutual feelings are well justified, of course, because both characters have layers of secrets.
This is SingleEarth, the place where people go when they want to hide from who and what they used to be. Who doesn’t have secrets?
But they are both in danger now, both targets of an assassin who is trying to send a message… if only they could understand it.”
About SingleEarth: “SingleEarth is an international organization dedicated to allowing peaceful relations between all the inhabitants of Nyeusigrube, mortal and immortal, human and less so. Though they acknowledge that they cannot force every creature in the world to lay down the deep-seeded prejudices of predators and prey, they work to provide safe havens for those who seek peaceful community. Within SingleEarth, vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters, witches and humans live peacefully, side by side.”
About the Bruja Guilds: “Bruja is a centuries-old fighting guild. The members of its three rings- Crimson, Onyx and Frost- include many of the world’s most dangerous hunters. Most of its members are human; some are less so. Some hunt for revenge, some for profit, some for glory, and some simply because they can. The only thing they have in common is that each one of them is a predator. Rumors say the Bruja Guilds were first founded by a vampire fighting against the reign of Midnight, but no such over branching purpose exists today. There are predators and there are prey; all that matters is that you’re not the latter.”
A Brief Glimpse
From the Nyeusigrube website… (c) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Her hair, windblown and dripping rain, fell in her face in great disarray. Sahara did not bother to brush it back as she knelt in the shadows, balancing the crossbow on one raised knee. She loaded it carefully, and then waited, while the rain plastered her clothing to her skin. Everything went still, in complete, black concentration.
People were coming and going near the doorway. At this distance, in the rain, she could not tell who was who. Even so, she knew from the movements of one what he was- a vampire. The rain obliterated any scent or sound that could give away the species, but Sahara could recognize the undead a mile away.
She flipped the crossbow down and took aim. She pulled the trigger, and heard him cry out as the bolt hit his stomach. The sound made her flinch, but she did not wait around for the crowd to react. Instead, she hooked the crossbow across her back and fled into the hotel room she had reserved earlier for just this escape.
With the lights off and the curtains drawn, there was nothing about the room to alert them. She could easily wait here for the flurry to die down. Her heart was pounding, and her breath fluttered in and out of her lungs in quick, shallow gasps. She wasn’t afraid of getting caught; this plan had been well formed, and her opponent had little in the way of defense.
The fear came from a different source. She knew whom she had just shot; the sound of his voice had put a face to the anonymous victim. That sound of pain would echo inside her brain for the rest of her life.
It wasn’t her fault. None of this would have been necessary, if that two-faced traitor hadn’t gotten in the way.
 Blog Tour Stop: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Author of Token of Darkness http://thebookbutterfly.com/2010/03/blog-tour-stop-amelia-atwater-rhodes.html – March 5, 2010
 Wyvernhail, Signing, Other Stuff, http://www.myspace.com/atwaterrhodes/blog/309235795 – September 17, 2007
 Topic : Q&A with Amelia Atwater-Rhodes – April 2011 http://www.randombuzzers.com/the-buzz/boards/topic/121881/#post_121881 – April 2011
 New Stuff to Read! (we’re live!) http://nyeusigrube.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=0&t=3991&p=101248#p101248 – June 28, 2011
 Nyeusigrube Forum topic: Poison Tree?, http://nyeusigrube.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3850&start=0 – July 1, 2011
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