Blood at the Root

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Labyrinth Road
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
LaDarrion Williams is a Los Angeles based-playwright, filmmaker, author, and screenwriter whose goal is to cultivate a new era of Black fantasy, providing space and agency for Black characters and stories in a new, fresh and fantastical way. He is currently a resident playwright/co-creator of The Black Creators Collective, where his play UMOJA made its West Coast premiere in January 2022 and produced North Hollywood's first Black playwrights festival at the Waco Theater Center. Blood at the Root is his first novel. His viral and award-winning short film based on the same concept, is currently on YouTube and Amazon Prime.
"A buzzy debut about the adventures of a runaway teen who finds himself at an HBCU for the young, Black, and magical, Blood at the Root is a story of community and legacy that's clearly aiming to do something very different in this genre space." --Paste Magazine

"This story offers a fresh take on familiar YA fantasy tropes, like a secret magical school and a long-lost grandmother." --BuzzFeed

"Exuberant contemporary fantasy series opener....a serpentine, high-intensity celebration of Black culture, history, and power." --Publishers Weekly

"Debut author Williams' impressive world building blends African and Black American history and cultures with a secret society of influential hoodoo and vodun practitioners...This celebration of Black culture will resonate with readers unused to seeing themselves in traditional fantasies." --School Library Journal

"The extensive worldbuilding incorporates West African, Caribbean, and Black American history and cultures to explain a magical reality hidden from view and relevant to the Black diaspora and Malik's family history....A well-thought-out magical world that provocatively centers Black experiences." --Kirkus Reviews

"A refreshing, thrilling, magical, and all-around good read! Cheering for you, LaDarrion!"
-- James Bland (Creator of Daytime Emmy Award-winning drama series "Giants")