The Invocations

Krystal Sutherland

The Invocations
Penguin Random House Australia
30 January 2024

The Invocations

Krystal Sutherland

Three girls, one supernatural killer on the loose . . .

Zara Jones believes in magic because the alternative is too painful to consider-that her murdered sister is gone forever and there is nothing she can do about it. Rather than grieving and moving on, Zara decides she will do whatever it takes to claw her sister back from the grave-even trading in the occult.

Jude Wolf may be the daughter of a billionaire, but she is also undeniably cursed. After a deal with a demon went horribly wrong, her soul has been slowly turning necrotic. It's a miserable existence marred by pain, sickness, and monstrous things that taunt her in the night. Now that she's glimpsed what's beyond the veil, Jude's desperate to find someone to undo the damage she's done to herself.

Enter Emer Byrne, an orphaned witch with a dark past and a deadly power, a.k.a. the solution to both Zara's and Jude's problems. Though Emer lives a hardscrabble life, she gives away her most valuable asset-her invocations-to women in desperate situations who are willing to sacrifice a piece of their soul in exchange for a scrap of power. Zara and Jude are willing, but they first have to find Emer.

When Emer's clients start turning up dead all over London, a vital clue leads Zara and Jude right to her. If a serial killer is targeting her clients, Emer wants to know why-and to stop them. She strikes a tenuous alliance with Zara and Jude to hunt a killer before they are next on his list, even if she can't give them in return what Zara and Jude want most - a sister and a soul.


Australian author Krystal Sutherland has once again written an evocative story of powerful women and dark magic in this thrilling young adult story.

Three very different women have their own reasons why they are searching for women who have been given special powers by witches. Zara is trying to raise her murdered sister from the dead, and she needs magic to help her perform necromancy. Jude, the black sheep of an ultra-wealthy, dysfunctional family, is cursed by a deal with a demon that went horribly wrong and looking to fix it any way she can. When these two women meet Emer, an orphaned witch with a horrific past, they both decide her skills can provide them with the answers they need. But first they need to find the serial killer who is murdering Emer’s clients and stealing their invocations – magical spells that have been embellished on the skin and which bind the women to a demon, giving them special powers.

These three protagonists are a heady combination of talent, strength, and bad attitude, so when they decide to bypass the cops and start their own investigation to solve the crimes, it’s going to be a wild ride. But the murderer may be stalking them too.

This is a captivating story of strong women and their impressive gifts, magical and otherwise, written by the talented author of House of Hollow and Our Chemical Hearts. It will appeal to those who love fantasy and feminist stories aged 14+.

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