Published March 16, 2022

Deborah Falaye (Blood Scion), TJ Klune (Flash Fire), and Anna-Marie McLemore (Lakelore) explore the challenges of growing up amidst the magical and extraordinary circumstances of fantastical worlds. Whether superpowers, mythological gods, or an ethereal underwater city, the characters in these thrilling new YA novels must find the courage to pursue and fulfill their destinies. In conversation with Emily Thiede.

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“A thrilling debut fantasy! Falaye creates an intricately woven world that draws beautifully on Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, with a fast-paced, heart thumping plot… This story is full of heart, resilience, and magic that will pull you in from the very first page and have you thirsting for more by the end.”—Kat Cho, author of Wicked Fox 

“[Klune’s] sequel to the superhero tale The Extraordinaries is jam-packed with action, nefarious plots, romance, and puns… Spending more time with these characters is an absolute delight; the love they share and readily profess for each other, both platonic and romantic, is beautiful to witness. Another extraordinary installment.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An absolute knockout. McLemore has created a jar full of glitter that I wish I could read again for the first time… One of the most important pieces of queer fiction I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.”—TJ Klune


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