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$10.99  $10.11
Harry N. Abrams
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Jordan Ifueko is the Nebula Finalist & New York Times bestselling author of the Raybearer series and other stories, including short fiction in the Hugo-nominated magazine Strange Horizons. She's been featured on NPR Best Books, NPR Pop Culture Hour, ALA Top Ten, Buzzfeed, and other publications. She writes about magic Black girls who aren't magic all the time, because honestly, they deserve a vacation. Ifueko lives in Los Angeles with her husband David and their 3-legged trustafarian dog Reginald Ovahcomah. Follow Jordan on instagram @jordanifueko.


"A fresh, phenomenal fantasy that begs readers to revel in its brilliant world."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Ifueko's debut fantasy blends Nigerian folklore with a mΓ©lange of other influences to create a multicultural world where colonization and imperialism inform the story as much as Tarisai's own choices... [A] promising first installment in a fantasy duology."-- "School Library Journal"
"An imaginative, epic YA fantasy debut."-- "Ms. Magazine"
"[An] enticing debut novel."-- "Book Riot"
"An incredible journey through a wholly original world."-- "Tor.com"
"Brilliantly conceived fantasy."-- "People Magazine"
"Nothing like a boss @$$ fantasy with a gorgeous, dark brown girl at the center that highlights--in technicolor and glittering gold--the trifecta of our most basic of human desires: to belong, to be loved, and to walk a path of one's own choosing."-- "Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin"
"One of my favorite books of this year . . . a fantastic exploration of what it means--and the sacrifices it sometimes requires--to truly become your own person."-- "Patrice Caldwell, editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn"
"A compelling, finely tuned fantasy with fantastic world building."-- "Shannon Hale, New York Times bestselling author"
"Fresh and utterly transportive, Raybearer is a fantastical fight for freedom, family, and justice at all costs."-- "Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere"
"Ifueko's world building and prose is nothing short of seductive and I completely adore Tarisai's headstrong, tragic self. This will be a major gem of a release in 2020!"-- "Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish and Last of Her Name"
"Completely blown away! Tarisai's tale set my imagination on fire."-- "Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, author of The Dark Fantastic"
"All hail Raybearer . . . Fans of recent breakouts in the genre like Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir may just find their next obsession."-- "Entertainment Weekly"
"Jordan Ifueko creates a bold new world in her debut book."-- "Seventeen"
"An exciting fantasy debut that drops the reader into an exquisitely detailed world."-- "Popsugar"
"[Raybearer] reads like the work of a seasoned world-builder. . . Ifueko has created a rich, fresh, fully rounded world and a cast of characters to match; you'll be on tenterhooks as Tarisai figures out how to balance destiny and compulsion, but her prince and her palace companions command equal attention."-- "NPR"
"Ifueko's mesmerizing debut stuns as it weaves a tale of loyalty, fate, destiny, family, and revenge. Moreover, it places a dark skinned heroine front and center, who is beautiful and powerful, deadly and compassionate, and vulnerable and tough, giving YA literature more of the diverse representation teens need."-- "Booklist"
"Ifueko's debut is full of lush world building and detailed, Nigerian-inspired mythology, giving life to a myth of epic proportions and a tale that is bound to stick with readers long after they finish it."-- "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"By crafting a world plagued by imperialism, poverty, and institutionalized misogyny, and a mythology that literalizes the power of love, purpose, and sacrifice, Ifueko illustrates the need for social change and inspires readers to fight for it."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Need a good YA fantasy read? Look no further than the debut from Jordan Ifueko."-- "Betches"
"I was hooked from page one. . . .The world-building is gorgeous."-- "Electric Literature"
"A lush, intriguing, and perfectly paced epic YA fantasy."-- "Buzzfeed News"