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The Stone of Sorrow
By (author): Brooke Carter
9781459824393 Paperback , Trade English Young adult: Interest age, years 12, Canadian school grade range 8 - 12, US school grade range 8 - 12, Reading age, years 12 Apr 07, 2020 Print Run: 8000
$14.95 CAD
Out of print 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75 in | 400 gr 312 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
In a land of myth and ice, the red moon rises.

In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, keeper of the sacred moonstone that ensures the village’s continued survival. But when a rival clan led by an evil witch raids the village and kidnaps her sister, Runa is forced to act. With a fallen Valkyrie by her side, and the help of a gorgeous half-elf Runa is not quite sure she can trust, the apprentice must travel to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to try to win back the magical gem. But the journey will not be easy; the three unlikely companions encounter malevolent and supernatural creatures at every turn. Somehow, Runa must summon the courage and strength to face her destiny, a destiny she never wanted. Or die trying.

Key Selling Points

  • The Stone of Sorrow follows an apprentice runecaster who must make a perilous journey to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to win back a magical gemstone.
  • This book explores themes of female empowerment, facing your fears, the acceptance and support of self and others, and the corruption of power.
  • This book demonstrates incidental diversity with a F/F couple and nonbinary key character.
  • The author is Icelandic Canadian and studied Scandinavian and Icelandic literature during her undergrad and began workshopping this epic saga while doing her MFA at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Susan Juby.
  • This book is the first in the Runecaster series, with book two coming in Spring 2021.

Brooke Carter is the author of several contemporary books for teens, including Double or Nothing, Learning Seventeen and The Unbroken Hearts Club from the Orca Soundings line.

Marketing and Promotional Plans
  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing and NetGalley
  • Blog post interview with author
  • Social media promotion
  • Planned appearance at local writers festival
  • Bookmark

“An atmospheric fantasy steeped in Norse mythology—my delight in this story grew with each page!” - Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of Dark Shores

The Stone of Sorrow is darkly magnificent and filled with wonders. The story of Runa and her quest is raw and terribly beautiful and I cannot wait for the next installment in the Runecaster trilogy. The most exciting fantasy I have read in a very long time.” - Susan Juby, author of The Woefield Poultry Collective and The Truth Commission

“Fast-paced, engaging narrative...An appealing story for readers interested in fantasy and myth.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who enjoy Norse mythology, magic and adventure will find The Stone of Sorrow, with its hints of humor and its complicated characters, a compelling read. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Spirited...A magical alternate Iceland results in evocative atmospherics...Empathy is a major theme, and a queer relationship and a nonbinary character are inclusive additions to the novel.” - Publishers Weekly

“Bold, subversive, feminist…It’s a fresh, character-focused read with genuinely surprising twists; the fact that it is the first instalment of a series makes it all the more enticing.” - Quill & Quire

"Carter has done a wonderful job writing this book. It shows strong emotions and the courage of a single character rising up against a powerful force." - Canadian Children's Book News, student takeover edition

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