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About the Author
Jordan Ifueko grew up under a blanket fort, eating fried plantains, and reading comic books. Eventually, she switched the comics for a tea-stained notebook. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, David, and their collection of Black Panther Funko Pops.
With an MFA in acting from the University of Iowa, Joniece Abbott-Pratt has performed on regional theater stages across the country, including the Public Theater in New York City. She has also appeared on numerous television shows, including The Good Fight, Law and Order: SVU, Luke Cage, and Orange Is the New Black.
"Completely blown away! Tarisai's tale set my imagination on fire."-- "Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, author of The Dark Fantastic"
"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 "
"A fresh, phenomenal fantasy that begs readers to revel in its brilliant world."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"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 (starred review)"
"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 (starred review)"
Raybearer is an excellent and needed addition to diverse fantasy, and the writing and characters immediately captivated me."-- "BuzzFeed"
"I love it when characters are faced with impossible choices. Even better, add magic. I was hooked from page one."-- "Electric Literature"