The Pre-Columbian Americas offered speculative fiction writer Rebecca Roanhorse ample material to construct a captivating world in Black Sun (Saga Press), the first book in her Black and Sun Trilogy. The highly-praised novel is “a lush tale about the intertwined fates of a man born to be the vessel of a god, a seafaring outcast, and a powerful priest” (Publisher’s Weekly).
Roanhorse discussed world-building with fantasy author Leigh Bardugo whose first adult novel, Ninth House (new in paperback from Flatiron Books), is also a masterfully built story about power, privilege, dark magic, and murder among the Ivy League elite. Daniel José Older moderated the event.
By Rebecca Roanhorse
Published by Gallery / Saga Press
From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.
Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.
By Leigh Bardugo
Published by Flatiron Books
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living..