It’s a double release day at Lee & Low Books! Today we are celebrating the release of The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham, as well as the English and Spanish versions of The Witch Owl Parliament (Clockwork Curandera #1) created by David Bowles and Raúl the Third, with coloring by Stacey Robinson and lettering by Damian Duffy.
Dangerous trials, devious Egyptian gods, and daring magical spells, oh my! The Shadow Prince is an action-packed middle grade adventure that masterfully takes on the solarpunk genre and keeps readers eager and engaged to the very end.
About the book:
FIVE DEADLY TESTS, ONLY ONE SHADOW PRINCE
Growing up as an orphan in a remote village in the Egyptian desert, Ash’s life is pretty ordinary–sort of. He spends most of his time working in irrigation canals and avoiding bullies, but he is also being secretly trained by his mentor Yazen “for some great purpose.” Yazen has never said what that is, until now: the night before Ash’s twelfth birthday. According to Yazen, Ash was born on the same day as Prince Khufu, which makes him eligible to compete to be the prince’s shadow, a lifelong confidante and bodyguard. Ash doesn’t really believe Yazen, but when a floating royal barge, driven by solar-powered sails, arrives to take Ash and his mentor to the bustling, magical, and solar-powered capital, things get real.
What awaits Ash is deadly–five days of dangerous tests, each overseen by a different Egyptian god. Unfortunately, they’ve been told, not all will survive. On top of the tests, Ash is up against Set, the devious god of chaos, secretly working toward the candidates’ demise. If they fail, a different prince will inherit the throne, one Set can manipulate for his evil schemes. Ash finds two friends willing to fight by his side, but he’s been warned. Some candidates lie, cheat, and even try to harm others to win. Can Ash and his friends do what it takes to save the kingdom? And will there be anyone left to become the Shadow Prince?
Praise for The Shadow Prince:
“Solid and earnest.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A rousing romp that shows kindness as a strength and power as a chance to improve our world.” —Booklist
“Durham offers up an action-packed, magic-filled adventure made all the more fun by its evocative world building…Put this in the hands of Rick Riordan Presents fans to further broaden their myth-based reading.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Wildly imaginative and thoroughly thrilling, The Shadow Prince is a Hunger Games for a big, strange, magical new world.”—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians Trilogy
“David Anthony Durham never disappoints. I can’t wait to read whatever he writes next.” —George R.R. Martin
“Durham is a master of the fantasy epic.” —The Washington Post
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The Witch Owl Parliament (Clockwork Curandera Vol. I) and El parlamento de lechuzas (Curandera mecánica Vol. I)
A steampunk reimagining of Frankenstein set in colonial Mexico, The Witch Owl Parliament is a genre-bending adventure! Graphic novel fans will revel in its unique story and distinctive artwork.
About the book:
In the Republic of Santander, non-Christian magic is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited. But when Cristina Franco, an apprentice shaman, is killed by witch owls, her brother Enrique cannot let her go. With forbidden alchemy and engineering, Enrique brings her back to life: part human, part machine. Though her very existence is an abomination to Santander’s citizens, Cristina vows to use her new abilities to protect her country from attack.
With help from a handsome skinwalker named Mateo, Cristina and Enrique track down the witch owl coven and uncover a sinister plot to bring Santander under the rule of the Witch Owl Parliament, whose legendary cruelty would dismantle the country’s hard-won freedoms. At the same time, Indigenous folks and immigrants are disappearing from Santander–including Enrique’s beloved, Gaspar. Could the attacks and the disappearances be related? As the witch owls attack more trains and more refugees go missing, the trio must uncover the witch owls’ origins to understand their weakness.
Energetic illustrations by Pura Belpré Award winner Raúl the Third bring to life the words of award-winning author and poet David Bowles. Don’t miss this amazing first volume of the Clockwork Curandera trilogy!
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Praise for The Witch Owl Parliament:
“For teens who enjoy intellectually stimulating, action-packed tales.” —School Library Journal
“A fascinating blend of magic and culture.” —Booklist
Order your copy of The Witch Owl Parliament (Clockwork Curandera Vol. I) and El parlamento de lechuzas (Curandera mecánica Vol. I):
The Witch Owl Parliament (Clockwork Curandera Vol. I):
El parlamento de lechuzas (Curandera mecánica Vol. I):
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