Today I have a fantastic middle grade treat! A lovely trilogy by Joshua Khan that subverts many horror tropes and utilizes giant bats in the best way. I love this series so much and cannot tout its amazing-ness enough, so please check it out and share it with your kiddos!
The author is also super nice! He sent me a bunch of signed bookplates and cover prints, which I’ve happily sent out to other people in the hopes of getting them hooked on this fabulous world. Plus, did you see that cover quote from Rick Riordan daring you to NOT love this story?
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
If you’ve been following my blog at all, then you have probably noticed my love for this series! Joshua has done such a great job twisty classic horror tropes and creating strong, round characters for middle grade readers. It’s just a fantastic series all around, so you should definitely check out books one and two before picking up this one next month!
In Book 3, when Lily, aka the “witch queen” and bat-rider extraordinaire Thorn travel to Sultanate of Fire, things go terribly wrong. Instead of celebrating a reunion with their old friend K’leef, they are thrust into royal murder, an epic quest, and a deadly battle for the throne. While investigating the murder, Lily learns shocking truths about her life that could destroy all she has achieved. Yet, among the ruins of her old life, she has the opportunity to become someone greater . . . and more terrifying. Thorn and the magnificent bat, Hades, join the timid K’leef and the idiotic Gabriel Solar in a quest to find a phoenix. These fire birds are the key to saving the sultanate, but they nest within the Shardlands. The boys must defeat not only the monsters of that magical wilderness, but also rivals eager to claim the throne for themselves. Rivals that include a renegade from House Shadow . . . Chilling surprises, ghostly encounters, and belly laughs are just some of the treats in store for readers of this burning-hot desert adventure.
DREAM MAGIC, A SHADOW MAGIC NOVEL
by Joshua Khan
Disney-Hyperion | On Sale April 11, 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 9781484737620 | $16.99 | $17.99 Can. | 352 pages | Ages 8-12
Ebook ISBN: 9781368002462
Even though I loved Shadow Magic and was intrigued by this cover, my fear of spiders almost stopped me from reading this amazing story. But I’m glad I chanced the nightmares, which I didn’t have thankfully, because this book was just as good as the first one. The crystalline spiders were indeed quite creepy, but they totally fit with the story and I loved that they were so integral to the plot as they added a sense of urgency to the characters. I liked them so much that I drew up some of my own to share 🙂
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers and other internet folk!
Here’s a special holiday treat for all of you. I was able to send some interview questions to Joshua Khan, author of the 2016 debut Shadow Magic, which I reviewed earlier this year. I loved everything about this book, so I knew that I had to let the author know and find out about a sequel. Luckily for us, he was willing to answer my questions and now I’m sharing them with you. And he has some juicy tidbits strewn throughout, so make sure you read through all of them!