#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake is back with an epic duology starter that follows a young woman training to join a fabled order as she attempts to lead a hero to his critical first victory. A must-read for fans of Alexandra Bracken and Victoria Aveyard.
Aristene are an order of mythical female warriors. Though heroes might be immortalized in legends, it's the Aristene who guide their paths to victory. They are the Heromakers.
Raised by the order after being orphaned, Reed grew up surrounded by her future sisters-in-arms and the incredible stories of their quests. She's been counting the days until her initiation, and now one final test stands in her way: shepherding her first hero to glory on the battlefield. Succeed, and her place in the order is secured. Fail, and she'll be cast out of the only home she's ever known.
But Reed didn't count on Hestion, her assigned hero, being both infuriating and intriguing. When their strategic alliance turns into something more, it forces Reed to question the cost of becoming an Aristene. As battle looms and fate hangs in the balance, Reed must make an impossible choice: her hero or her order.
About the Author
Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anna Dressed in Blood series, the Goddess War series, and the Three Dark Crowns series. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked Sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.
"Cements Kendare Blake as one of the best fantasy authors writing today." -- Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows
"Immersive from the very first moment--I would follow Kendare Blake into any world she creates." -- Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of The Isles of the Gods
"An enthralling tale of fierce warriors, devastating betrayal, and an aching romance." -- Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program series
"Enthralling. A fabulous series opener combining true thrills and deep relationships." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[A] thrilling fantasy duology opener." -- Publishers Weekly
"Nuanced. At its core, Champion of Fate is a compelling story of feminine strength over adversity and heartbreak." -- The Nerd Daily