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by: Shina Reynolds

Red Queen meets The Scorpio Races in a high-flying new fantasy series filled with passion, betrayal, and adventure from debut author Shina Reynolds.


Seventeen-year-old Aluma Banks has always dreamed of soaring freely through the skies astride a powerful winged steed of her own. But flying is a privilege granted only to the Riders of the king's Empyrean Cavalry, the aerial warriors who defend the borders of their land from the fallen kingdom of Laithlann.


Each year, Rider hopefuls across Eirelannia compete in the Autumn Tournament for the honor of joining the Cavalry. Aluma, trained to ride and fight by her retired Empyrean Rider father, knows she has what it takes to prove herself worthy-if only her father hadn't forbidden her from joining their ranks, in the hope of protecting his only daughter from the perils of war. To make matters worse, Thayer, Aluma's best friend who could be becoming something more, is competing-and if he wins, he'll leave her behind. 


When Aluma's father is tragically injured just before the Tournament, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into this year's competition. But as Aluma begins to pursue her dreams, she learns devastating secrets about the king and his never-ending war with Laithlann. In her quest for the truth, Aluma discovers a power deep within herself that may be the only way to save Eirelannia and the people she loves from the darkness that threatens to consume them all.

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Hardback ISBN: 978-1-7334511-0-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7334511-1-6
eBook ISBN: 978-1-7334511-2-3
Audiobook ISBN (retail): 978-1-7334511-4-7
Audiobook ISBN (library): 978-1-7334511-5-4

Publication Date: November 9th, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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About the Author:

SHINA REYNOLDS is the multi-award-winning author of young adult fantasy novel, A Light in the Sky, which won the Gold Medal for Teen Fiction in the 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating with honors in art history and with a minor in anthropology. Before writing her debut novel, A Light in the Sky, she worked in film, music, and modeling. Shina resides in Texas, where she spends the majority of the year trying to stay cool and imagining she lives in Ireland. When she’s not writing, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband and entertaining her mostly cuddly cat.

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