November 2021 New Releases

November 2nd
Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan (HarperTeen) - delayed from fall 2020 due to change of publisher from Blink to HarperTeen.

Told in a dual POV narrative reminiscent of EMBER IN THE ASHES, JADE FIRE GOLD is a YA fantasy is inspired by Chinese mythology and folk tales. Epic in scope but intimate in characterization, fans of classic fantasies by Tamora Pierce and the magical Asiatic setting of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER will enjoy this cinematic tale of family, revenge, and forgiveness.

In order to save her grandmother from a cult of dangerous priests, a peasant girl cursed with  the power to steal souls enters a tenuous alliance with an exiled prince bent on taking back the Dragon Throne. The pair must learn to trust each other but are haunted by their pasts--and the true nature of her dark magic. A dual-POV YA fantasy inspired by Chinese mythology.

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith (Inkyard Press) - some editions dated September 2021.
No one ever said love would be easy…but did they mention it would be freezing?

Adam August is in over his head. At least, that’s what his best friend would say. And his mom. And the guy who runs the hardware store down the street. But this pinball arcade is the only piece of his dad that Adam has left, and he’s determined to protect it from Philadelphia’s newest tech mogul, who wants to turn it into another one of his cold, lifeless gaming cafés.

Whitney Stillwater doesn’t know how she got here. Her parents split up. She lost all her friends. Her boyfriend dumped her. And now she’s spending her senior year running social media for her dad’s chain of super successful gaming cafés—which mostly consists of trading insults with that decrepit old pinball arcade across town.

But when a huge snowstorm hits, Adam and Whitney suddenly find themselves trapped inside the arcade. Cut off from their families, their worlds, and their responsibilities, the tension between them seems to melt away, leaving something else in its place. But what happens when the storm stops?

November 3rd
Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan
 (Little, Brown) - postponed from November 2020, then from July 2021.
New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan delivers a stunningly beautiful, heartbreaking finale to the epic Girls of Paper and Fire series.

"Don't struggle, Lei-zhi. It's time to take you back to the Hidden Palace. You're going home."

The final pages of Girls of Storm and Shadow brought a jaw-dropping conclusion that had the fates of Lei and Wren hanging in uncertainty. But one thing was certain - the Hidden Palace was the last place that Lei would ever consider home. The trauma and tragedy she suffered behind those opulent walls would plague her forever. She could not be trapped there with the sadistic king again, especially without Wren.

The last Lei saw of the girl she loved, Wren was fighting an army of soldiers in a furious battle to the death. With the two girls torn apart and each in terrorizing peril, will they find each other again or have their destinies diverged forever?

Girls of Fate and Fury is the epic conclusion to the "glittering" and "adrenaline-soaked" series by Natasha Ngan, hailed as "a stunning, new talent" for her "beautiful, lush, lyrical" writing.

November 9th
44222521. sy475EM Castellan's Under a Starlit Sky is the captivating sequel to the YA historical Fantasy novel, In the Shadow of the Sun

Will her magic be the end of her?

Spring 1662. In the wake of Fouquet’s defeat, Henriette is keeping her promise to the Sun King and helping him build the enchanted Palace of Versailles he’s always dreamed of. But when her poor health worsens, her magic wanes and her husband Philippe fears for her well being to such an extent that he forbids her to remain Louis’ Source.

Forced to step aside, Henriette witnesses the swift rise of a new player at the French court: the handsome and self-assured Chevalier de Lorraine quickly becomes both Louis’s new Source of magic — and Philippe’s latest lover. With her ladies Louise and Athénaïs now both vying for the king’s attention, Henriette is more isolated than ever, and her place at Versailles has never felt more in jeopardy.

So when she starts to experience a new surge in power and makes unlikely allies out of old enemies, will she use her magic to help the House of Bourbon stay in power— or to secure her own place at the center of the court?

Elegy by Makiia Lucier (HMH)
From the writer who “expertly weaves in historical details” (Kirkus), and has been called “brilliant” (Booklist), “marvelously complex” (The Buffalo News), and “masterful” (Horn Book), comes a gripping new historical fantasy.

Before. On a beautiful summer day, a princess sails far from home to marry a foreign king. Their union will end a half century of war between the two countries. She does not travel alone, but is accompanied by one hundred archers, noble companions, wise councilors, even a minstrel. Their journey proceeds without incident…until plague strikes.

After. In the wake of a devastating pestilence, Cas, a young lord worn down by war and illness, returns to his ancestral home in the mountains only to find it overrun. Not by strangers, but by his king and the royal court who, in the midst of plague, had fled to the relative safety of the country and remained. There is little time for Cas to mourn lost loved ones. His arrival coincides with a vicious attempt on the royal family, and when he saves the life of the infant prince, he finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Someone has been terrorizing the new queen. Little things, spiteful things. But attempted murder goes well beyond spite. The king has had enough. Cas is named “the queen’s man,” loyal to her first and foremost and charged with discovering who is behind these attacks. But as Cas delves deeper into the mystery, and into the lives of the royal family, he comes face to face with a terrible secret. One that will threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

Inspired by the Black Death of the fourteenth century, and evocative of medieval Spain, ELEGY asks what comes after, when the dead are buried and those left behind must forge their way in a strange, new world.
November 18th
Graceling: The Graphic Novel by Kristin Cashore and Gareth Hinds (HMH)
The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds.

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