Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.
"Pokémon combined with Avatar: The Last Airbender . . . clever, stylish, and gloriously fun."--Fonda Lee, author of Jade City
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR - Tordotcom - Kirkus Reviews
A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress's army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress's crimes don't haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic . . . and against her own flesh and blood.
A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption--or his downfall.
A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery--but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She's a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world's most wanted prince.
A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law:
Leave them before they leave you
. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime--and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward--she can't say no, and she soon finds she doesn't want to leave the princess behind.
This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives--and begin to change the world.
Advance praise for Steel Crow Saga
"With fierce women, ferocious creatures, and a sophisticated twist on Pokémon meets
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Steel Crow Saga
is the fantasy epic you didn't know you needed, creating a rich new mythology and characters so real you can smell their pipe smoke and adobo."
--Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma
"A heady look at postcolonial emotions, Asian cultures, and anime influences . . . a well-built magical world of warring factions."
--Library Journal (starred review)