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The Deathless Girls – Discussion Questions

Gothic, feminist and romantic – new YA novel The Deathless Girls is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars.

These discussion questions have been put together for book groups, let us know what your students thought of the book by tweeting us @teambkmrk or @hachetteschools!

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About the book

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…



The Deathless Girls is part of the new Bellatrix collection of classic stories re-imagined from a feminist perspective. Also in the series is Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal, written as a response to Moby Dick.