The illustration was created by the wonderful Julie Dillon, who was awarded the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.
An Accident of Stars has been described by Trudi Canavan, author of The Black Magician trilogy as ‘a portal fantasy for grown-ups, with characters I loved from the first page’, and we couldn’t agree more. Here’s the synopsis:
When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.
There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.
Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.
Can one girl – an accidental worldwalker – really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?
An Accident of Stars is due for release Aug 2 (US/Can) / Aug 4 (UK/R.o.W).
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