Book Synopsis "Immersive and gorgeously written." --Buzzfeed
The highly anticipated sequel to Raybearer,
the instant New York Times
bestselling fantasy sensation that set the world on fire
For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar's throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities.
Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that's what she tells her increasingly distant circle of friends. Months into her shaky reign as empress, child spirits haunt her, demanding that she pay for past sins of the empire.
With the lives of her loved ones on the line, assassination attempts from unknown quarters, and a handsome new stranger she can't quite trust . . . Tarisai fears the pressure may consume her. But in this finale to the Raybearer duology, Tarisai must learn whether to die for justice . . . or to live for it.
"A strong and worthy successor that showcases the skill of a master worldbuilder." --Kirkus Reviews
"This proves once again that Ifueko is a masterful storyteller. She paints a breathtaking, heart-wrenching story about love, family, responsibility, and duty. Ifueko's writing is nothing short of transportive, whisking readers to far-off worlds while employing gorgeous imagery and prose."--Booklist
delivers a more than satisfying conclusion to this incredible world Jordan has gifted us."--Cinelinx
is a stunning conclusion to an atmospheric and imaginative YA fantasy duology."--YA Books Central
"[An] incredible sequel."--Tor.com
"A fast-paced story [readers] will not want to put down."--Black Girls Create
"Breathtakingly beautiful. . . Impossible to put down. . . Enthralling. . . I am sold on anything that Ifueko creates for her audience from this point on."--NPR
"Fans of the previous title will find a satisfying and twisty journey to success for Tarisai, whose trauma and guilt will resonate with many, and fantasy readers looking for an intricate, unique story in comparatively compact form will want to check out this larger-than-life duology." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Immersive and gorgeously written, the sequel and conclusion to the Raybearer duology is just as excellent as the first."
"Tarasai is back and bound to survive the trials and terrors of being the Empress Redemptor in this remarkably written fantasy sequel."--Ms. Magazine
"The series blends Nigerian folklore with inventive fantasy, adventure, and occasional romance. . .A satisfying conclusion." --School Library Journal
"This conclusion to Jordan Ifueko's richly imagined fantasy saga is full of complex characters, rich language and conflicts that will resonate."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
About the Author Jordan Ifueko
is the New York Times
Bestselling Author of the Raybearer series. She's a Nebula Award, Ignyte Award, Audie Award, and Hugo Lodestar finalist, and she's been featured in People Magazine, NPR Best Books, NPR Pop Culture Hour, & ALA Top Ten. She writes about magic Black girls who aren't magic all the time, because honestly, they deserve a vacation. Ifueko lives in Los Angeles with her husband, David, and their 3-legged trustafarian dog Reginald Ovahcomah. Follow Jordan on instagram & Tiktok @jordanifueko.