The Devouring Gray

Branches and stones, daggers and bones,

They locked the Beast away.


After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn't: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne's bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray-a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family's powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can't let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn't yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families' abilities...before the Gray devours them all.

THE DEVOURING GRAY is a YA contemporary fantasy novel perfect for fans of Stranger Things, The Raven Boys, or Riverdale, with horror-tinged magical elements and an endearing group cast, out now from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


Foreign Publishers:


United Kingdom / Titan Books

Hungary / Maxim

Germany / dtv Junior

Spain / Libros de Seda 

Russia / Eksmo

Foreign rights for THE DEVOURING GRAY are handled by Taryn Fagerness.

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***Content Warnings for THE DEVOURING GRAY can be found here.


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An Indies Introduce Debut Pick for Winter/Spring 2019

A Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten Pick

for Spring 2019

Praise for

UK Edition: Out Now from Titan Books

"By the end of page one, I was hooked. By the end of chapter one, I was entranced. The pages of this book breathe and shiver and thrum, just like the trees of Herman's deliciously eerie woods. These characters are unforgettable; the imagery is sublime. Fans of The Raven Boys and Stranger Things rejoice: This is your new obsession."

Claire Legrand, New York Times best-selling author of Furyborn

"The only thing better than a chosen one is four chosen ones, and the only thing better than four chosen ones is four chosen ones who don't like each other very much. The Devouring Gray takes privilege and legacy by the throat and never lets go."

―E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and A Thousand Nights

"The Devouring Gray is an irresistible blend of unforgettable characters and spine-tingling horror. After a sudden tragedy, Violet Saunders moves back to her mother's small hometown in upstate New York, where she uncovers the secret pact the town's founding families--including her own ancestors--made with a terrible monster lurking in the woods. Full of witchy atmosphere; lush, detailed writing; and a trope-breaking, endearing group cast, this book will ensnare you and leave you deliciously haunted. A stunning debut."

Amanda Foody, author of Ace of Shades and Daughter of the Burning City

"A grimly exhilarating tale of monsters in the woods and monstrous family legacies-and teens brave enough to fight them both. This New England Gothic will devour you."

―Rosamund Hodge, author of Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound

“A beast lurks on the edge of the town of Four Paths and its powers are growing at the same time Violet Saunders and her mother return to town. As Violet discovers her family history and their relationship to three other families known as the Founders, her role in protecting the town becomes instrumental as bodies start appearing at the edge of the woods. This book will grab you by the shirt collar and won't let go till the very last page.” Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books (North Conway, NH)


“When mutilated bodies start to show up in the small town of Four Paths in rural upstate New York, the townsfolk know it can only mean one thing. The Gray is back. Existing on an alternate plane, The Gray (not unlike the Demogorgon/Upside Down in Stranger Things) has been terrorizing the town since its inception but the founding families of Four Paths have always been able to keep it from crossing over. This time familial dark secrets could hinder the town and allow The Gray to break through, and it's up to four teen descendants of the founders to put aside differences and keep the terror at bay. Gripping and terrifying, The Devouring Gray will have you sleeping with one eye open, if at all.”

Javier Ramirez, The Book Table (Oak Park, IL)


“Herman’s novel The Devouring Gray is part horror, part fantasy, and one great read. After experiencing a family tragedy, Violet Saunders and her mother move back to Four Paths, her mother’s hometown. Violet soon learns there is a beast hiding beneath the surface of the town, and that her destiny is tied to it. Filled with magic, deception, and family ties, this book is a must-read. Especially recommended for fans of Stranger Things.”

Katherine Warde, Micawber’s Bookstore (St. Paul, MN)



“Buried secrets, magic bloodlines and creepy atmosphere galore… you don’t want to miss this stunning haunted tale.”

Christina Henry, best-selling author of the BLACK WINGS series

"Herman has crafted a textured, unsettling world that I somehow, despite all the danger and tension, want to live inside of. It feels real and unreal at once: this is a rare, strange joy."

Sarah Maria Griffin, author of OTHER WORDS FOR SMOKE

"As beautiful as it is terrifying; as tender as it is gut-wrenching. Herman's writing is lyrical, emotionally rich, and so, so layered. I will be thinking about this atmospheric world - and these gloriously flawed characters - for a long time."

Laura Steven, author of THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY

"I can't describe how much I loved The Devouring Gray! It's such an assured and accomplished debut, haunting and atmospheric and filled with real, human characters who you can't fail to love and cheer for even as they make terrible decisions. It's one of the best books I've read in a long while."

Fran Dorricott, author of AFTER THE ECLIPSE

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