From two incredible rising talents comes the fantasy graphic novel Molly Knox Ostertag calls "instantly compelling."
Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. It's the highest military honor in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, and as a member of the subjugated Ornu people, Knighthood is her only path to full citizenship. Ravaged by famine and mounting tensions, Bayt-Sajji finds itself on the brink of war once again, so Aiza can finally enlist in the competitive Squire training program.
It's not how she imagined it, though. Aiza must navigate new friendships, rivalries, and rigorous training under the unyielding General Hende, all while hiding her Ornu background. As the pressure mounts, Aiza realizes that the "greater good" that Bayt-Sajji's military promises might not include her, and that the recruits might be in greater danger than she ever imagined.
In this breathtaking and timely story, Aiza will have to choose, once and for all: loyalty to her heart and heritage, or loyalty to the Empire.
About the Author
NADIA SHAMMAS est une écrivaine arabo-américaine originaire de Brooklyn. Elle est surtout connue en tant qu'auteure et cocréatrice de Squire, une BD fantastique destinée aux jeunes adultes originaires du Moyen-Orient. Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-creator and author of SQUIRE, a Middle Eastern YA fantasy set to be releasedin Fall 2021. Her other notable projects include being the creator and curator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments, an anthology based around illness, disability, and healthcare experiences. When not writing, she's thinking about her great loves: girls with swords, her cat Lilith, and cold brew coffee.
Sara Alfageeh is a Jordanian American illustrator and creative director from Boston. She's passionate about history, nuances in visual storytelling, and the spaces where art and identity intersect. She's known for her work for Marvel Comics, Star Wars, and children's publishing. While that's cool and all--she really just wants to draw girls with swords. Visit her online at www.sara-alfa.com