In this epic YA fantasy debut, magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces. The first in an Indian-inspired duology that’s perfect for fans of There Will Come a Darkness, The Gilded Wolves, and We Hunt the Flame.
Vira, Ronak, Kaleb, and Riya may be siblings, but they've never been close or even liked each other that much. Torn apart by the different paths their lives have taken, only one thing can bring them back together: the search for the Ivory Key, a thing of legend that will lead the way to a new source of magic. Magic is Ashoka's biggest export and the only thing standing between them and war with the neighboring kingdoms—as long as their enemies don't find out that the magic mines are nearly depleted.
The siblings all have something to gain from finding the Ivory Key, and even more to lose if they don't. For Vira, the Ivory Key is the only way to live up to the legacy of her mother, the beloved former maharani. Ronak plans to get out of his impending political marriage by selling the Ivory Key to the highest bidder. Kaleb has been falsely accused of assassinating the former maharani, and this is the only way to clear his name. And Riya needs to prove her loyalty to the Ravens, the group of rebels that wants to take control away from the maharani and give it to the people. With each sibling harboring secrets and conflicting agendas, figuring out a way to work together may be the most difficult task of all. And in a quest this dangerous, working together is the only way to survive.
Akshaya Raman fell in love with writing when she wrote her first story at the age of ten. Though she graduated from UC Davis with a degree in biology, she gave up pursuing a career in science to write books. She is a co-founder and contributor to Writer’s Block Party, a group blog about writing and publishing, and has served on the planning teams of several book festivals. She lives in the Bay Area with an actual scaredy cat, and in her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and watching too much reality TV.
"A rollicking adventure of royal family drama, treasure hunts, and hidden histories. I loved it."—S.A. Chakraborty, author of the best-selling Daevabad Trilogy
“The Ivory Key
is a twisty, dazzling adventure that I absolutely fell in love with.” —Tasha Suri, author of The Books of Ambha duology
“The Ivory Key
is the epic YA fantasy sibling story I’ve been waiting for. A rich world, a satisfying slow burn romance and a main character determined to forge her own path make this series a must read.” —Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of the Fable Duology
“The Ivory Key
has everything I want most in fantasy. It has a world so vivid and developed, I could taste the food and feel the magic weapons in my hand. It has flawed, developed characters I rooted for and cried beside. And it has a quest steeped in lore and mystery. Akshaya Raman is a new master of the genre to watch for.” —Susan Dennard, New York Times
Bestselling Author of the Witchlands series
“Set in a richly realized world ripe with magic, The Ivory Key
is a dazzling new addition to young adult fantasy. Featuring a broken family fumbling toward healing and a perilous expedition into the ruins of a history that never should have been lost, this is a riveting adventure by a talent to watch.” — Traci Chee, New York Times
bestseller and National Book Award Finalist for We Are Not Free
“Raman has crafted a world bursting with color and texture and kinetic energy, and a story of rebuilding a fractured family that will stick with you long after 'The End.'” —Sara Holland, New York Times
best-selling author of Everless
“Everything about The Ivory Key
is vivacious—from the enrapturing setting of opulent forts and forbidden ruins to the larger-than-life characters who will ensnare your heart with their perfect balance of heroism and faults. Brace yourself for the single best portrayal of fraught sibling relationships you will ever read coupled with a complex, multi-faceted plot that unfolds as shockingly as the twisted puzzles the characters face. You will fall into this book and never want to come out!” —Sara Raasch, New York Times
best-selling author of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy
“A vibrant fantasy world, four estranged siblings, and an action-packed quest—The Ivory Key
is a richly woven adventure with a tender heart. I was completely enamored.” —Amanda Foody, author of Ace of Shades
and All of Us Villains
"A secret society, a hunt for lost magic, and four siblings who are each hiding their own secrets…The Ivory Key
is everything I love about epic, character-driven fantasy, brimming with lushly realized settings and deliciously slow-burn romances. An immersive, unmissable debut." —Katy Rose Pool, author of There Will Come a Darkness
“Raman's Indian-inspired fantasy debut is a dream for seekers of character-driven stories...Slow-burning romance, BIPOC and queer representation, family drama, and a country under threat of war—the first in Raman's duology does not disappoint.”
- Booklist (starred review)
“Skillfully weaves together political intrigue, complex sibling relationships, and magic.”
- Kirkus Reviews