The Root: A Novel of the Wrath & Athenaeum

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Night Shade Books
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6.0 X 1.3 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Na'amen Tilahun is a bookseller and freelance writer who split his early years between Los Angeles and San Francisco. His fiction, poetry, and critical writing are published across the web, and he is the cocreator and cohost of the geek podcast, The Adventures of Yellow Peril + Magical Negro. The Root is his debut novel.


"Tilahun creates a fantasy world you'll want to get lost in, and fills it with fascinating, diverse characters. This is a whole new exciting kind of portal fantasy."
--Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

"An intense, emotional ride that combines libraries, monsters, fallen angels, magical powers, and secret societies fighting an ancient war. This is catnip for my reading soul."
--Kate Elliott, author of Cold Magic and Black Wolves

"The Root is a grandiose feat of imagination and cross-dimensional storytelling . . . a story that's firmly rooted in human drama, exploring themes such as the nature of race, celebrity, the media and society's perceptions of sexual orientation, gender and class division . . . Tilahun has laid the foundations for a very promising trilogy."

"A refreshing, diverse urban fantasy story that managed to stand out while still capturing the kick-butt, monster-fighting essence that I think many readers look for in the UF genre . . . I loved the diversity, the creativity of the magic and creatures, and the refreshingly different urban fantasy story, and I feel invested enough that I want to continue the series!"--Metaphors and Moonlight