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ECW Press Spring 2021 Trade

The Call of the Rift: Crest
By (author): Jae Waller
Jae Waller


ECW Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket


Young Adult : Age (years) 13 - 17
May 18, 2021
$23.95 CAD


7.75in x 5 x 1.43 in | 1.1 lb

Page Count:

472 pages


2 2 maps
ECW Press
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Action and adventure stories|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Historical fiction
  • Short Description
Kateiko is back in the third installment of the alternative high historical fantasy Call of the Rift series. Before Flight, in another world beyond the veil, Kateiko must leave her family to salvage a life she once desperately wanted, or stay with them and build a new life with those she swore to protect.

Step through the portal into a world ravaged by chaotic spirits and corrupted magic in the third book of The Call of the Rift high fantasy series.

Kateiko Rin lives a quiet life with her parents and her people in the coastal rainforest. Everything changes when her estranged uncle washes up on their shores, harried and half-dead, trailed by two blue-eyed children no one knew existed. To protect her family, Kateiko secrets away her young cousins. Caring for them includes hiding their ties to the Rúonbattai, a warlike cult trying to claim the land for themselves along with as many lives as they can. With the immigrant mage Tiernan and his companions Jorumgard and Nerio, Kateiko enters into the fray, facing strange, dangerous magic that unwinds the fabric of time. She must end the war before it tears the land, and her family, apart.

In the third book in The Call of the Rift series, Jae Waller invites us into another dimension and introduces an alternate version of her captivating heroine in a world full of familiar and unknown faces, including many we thought long dead.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Readers who are fans of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas will love The Call of the Rift series. This is book three in a five-part series but does not assume knowledge of the first two instalments. In fact, this book is set in a parallel universe, starting several years before where we left off in book two, when Kateiko Rin is just fourteen, which allows new readers to jump in.

  • “An intricately lush and well-crafted new fantasy that deserves (and demands) a sequel.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Call of the Rift: Flight.

  • “Waller puts a great deal of thought into her world-building … A mature choice for those who love high fantasy and magical realism.” — School Library Journal on The Call of the Rift: Flight

  • The series features a strong female protagonist and LGBTQIA+ representation in the main cast (a gay couple, a lesbian couple, an asexual/ aromantic character).

Publishing Diverse Voices

  • Author: LGBTQIA+

  • Content: LGBTQIA+ representation in the main cast, gay couple, lesbian couple, asexual/aromantic character


  • Readers of the previous books in the series

  • 14+ YA Fantasy readers

  • Crossover into general fantasy readers

  • For readers of: Red Queen Series (Victoria Aveyard) and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series (Sarah J. Maas)

  • Those interested in history, nature, and ecology

  • Those interested in reading from diverse protagonists POV

Promotional Plans

  • Early review copies to book and library trade publications

  • YA library marketing and galley mailing

  • Promote at World Fantasy Con with a major ARC giveaway

  • Pitch to YA fantasy blogs and websites

  • Pitch for reviews and features to fantasy publications (Locus, Tor.com, Fantasy & Science Fiction)

  • Organize a targeted blog tour to drive pre-pub reviews

Jae Waller grew up in Prince George, a lumber town in northern British Columbia. She has a joint BFA in creative writing and fine art from the University of Northern British Columbia and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Now living in Melbourne, Australia, she works as a novelist and freelance artist.

“Another captivating entry in an expansive series.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This novel should appeal to those readers interested in adventure touched by magic in an exotic setting, and characters struggling with growing up in the midst of racism, warfare, and refugees.” — CM:Canadian Review of Materials

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