Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for DAGGER AND COIN by Kathy MacMillan, releasing November 20, 2018 from Harper Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kathy:
Greetings, YABC Readers! I am so excited to share with you the cover of Dagger and Coin, the companion novel to Sword and Verse. I call it a companion novel because, although it does pick up where Sword and Verse left off and many of the characters and themes of the first book reappear, this book follows a different protagonist and both books can be enjoyed as standalones. (Though I hope that you’ll read both, of course!)
When I learned that Colin Anderson, the artist who created the beautiful cover for Sword and Verse, was also working on the cover of Dagger and Coin, I was thrilled. And he’s done it again, creating a gorgeous image that incorporates so many elements of the story, from the ship that upends the fragile beginnings of peace in Qilara, to the coins that reflect Soraya’s attempts to assert power through economics, to the dagger that offers both protection and violence as Soraya finds her place in the new order.
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Here it is!
DAGGER AND COIN
By: Kathy MacMillan
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Soraya Gamo was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion destroyed the monarchy and the capital city. Now, improbably, she sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, finally holding the political power she always wanted - but over a nation in ruins. As she works to rebuild Qilara, she can, at last, use what everyone once told her to hide: her brain.
But not everyone is ready to accept the new equality that the Ruling Council has decreed between the Arnathim and Qilarites. So when a slave ship arrives in the city, full of Arnathim captured before Qilara fell—the civil unrest that has been bubbling since the rebellion erupts.
Forced to confront her own prejudices, Soraya struggles to gain the trust of the Arnath people she once disregarded and establish peace in what has become chaos. With the threat of attacks high, Gelti, a former guard captain, trains Soraya in self-defense. As the two grow close, tension within the city ramps up, with danger, betrayal, and deception meeting Soraya everywhere she turns. Friends become foes, adversaries become companions, and the clashing of classes threatens to unravel all the good Soraya has been trying to do. Can Soraya, raised to be a proper Qilarite lady, learn to be a true leader? Or will the sins of her past forever haunt the footsteps of her future?
Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff who lives near Baltimore, MD. Kathy is the founder of The Sweet Sixteens (www.thesweet16s.com) debut group and serves as co-Regional Advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her debut novel for young adults, Sword and Verse (HarperTeen), was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. She has also published many books for educators, librarians, parents, and young children, including Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) and Nita’s First Signs (Familius Press).
One lucky winner will receive a signed ARC of Dagger and Coin (when ARCs become available) and a personalized handmade bookmark with your name in the language of the gods.
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