- Author Bio
Romantic high fantasy from the bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and Exit, Pursued by a Bear.
It’s been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium’s king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought home the gem are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity don’t come easily.
Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn’t meant for heroism so early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she’s earned, reputation doesn’t pay her bills. Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.
Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar and thief, she lived hand to mouth on the streets until fortune—or fate—pulled her into Kalanthe’s orbit. And now she’s reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn’t much of a choice at all.
Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn’t quite done with them and that new golden age isn’t a sure thing yet.
In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.
Bestselling author E. K. Johnston returns to traditional fantasy. Johnston brings her unwavering optimism, her passion for inclusivity, and her phenomenal worldbuilding to a broadly appealing YA genre.
Strong appeal for fans of her first books. This should be a hit for readers who fell in love with Johnston over LA Times Book Prize finalist The Story of Owen or Governor General finalist A Thousand Nights.
Rewriting the rule book for heroism in high fantasy. The Afterward quickly dispenses with tropes about who gets to be a knight (and who gets to cut a path through hordes of demons with a battle axe). Readers who love Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones or Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars will find much to cheer for as they meet Johnston’s band of lady knights.
An emotionally intense and sensitively rendered romance. Olsa and Kalanthe’s love story is intense, frustrating in the best ways, and ultimately deeply satisfying and authentically teenage.
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“E.K. Johnston has a seemingly limitless range.”—The Globe & Mail