ABOUT THE BOOK:
Once was, once wasnt.
So began the stories Marjans father told her as a little girl—fables like the story of the girl who sprung a unicorn from a hunters snare, or the nomad boy who rescued a baby shirdal. Tales of mythical beasts that filled her with curiosity and wonder.
But Marjans not a little girl anymore. In the wake of her fathers sudden death, she is trying to hold it all together: her schoolwork, friendships, and keeping her dads shoestring veterinary practice from going under. Then, one day, she receives a visitor who reveals something stunning: Marjans father was no ordinary veterinarian. The creatures out of the stories he told her were real—and he traveled the world to care for them. And now that hes gone, she must take his place.
Marjan steps into a secret world hidden in plain sight, where magical creatures are bought and sold, treasured and trapped. She finds friends she never knew she needed—a charming British boy who grew up with a griffon, a runaway witch seeking magic and home—while trying to hide her double life from her old friends and classmates.
The deeper Marjan gets into treating these animals, the closer she comes to finding who killed her father—and to a shocking truth that will reawaken her sense of wonder and put humans and beasts in the gravest of danger.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kiyash Monsef is an Emmy Awardnominated producer and director; a writer of short stories, videos, comic books, and games; and a designer of innovative conversational and voice interface experiences. Hes the author of Once There Was.