Hey everyone! I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately mainly because…I’m moving! Just to another city though, it’s not like anyone could even go anywhere out of the country these days, haha. So I might post less as I have to pack things up and all.
Anyway, today I’m revealing the cover to a fantasy book by a new Muslim author, Intisar Khanani! Let’s see what it’s about, shall we? (Keep reading for a chance to participate in a $25 book giveaway! Open internationally!)
Title: The Theft of Sunlight
Series: Book 1 in a duology in the “Dauntless Path” world
Author: Intisar Khanani
Cover Artist: Jenny Zemanek (http://www.seedlingsonline.com)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Publisher: HarperTeen (US/CA), Hot Key (UK)
I did not choose this fate. But I will not walk away if I can make a difference.
Children have been disappearing from Menaiya for longer than Amraeya ni Ansarim can remember. When her best friend’s sister disappears, Rae knows she can’t stay silent any longer. She finds the chance to make a difference in an invitation to the palace.
But Rae struggles to fit in with the lords and ladies of the court. Instead, she finds unexpected help in a rough-around-the-edges thief named Bren who always seems to have her best interests at heart. Soon even Bren can’t help her, and Rae must risk her life and well-being to face an evil that lurks in the shadows of the darkest hearts.
I wait, listening for the sound of someone entering the house. Anything to indicate I need to hide what Niya’s doing. I can hear a woman calling to her children somewhere in the distance, and the general sounds of the town: a wagon creaking its way down the road, chickens clucking in someone’s backyard, and, faintly, people calling Seri’s name.
I swallow and glance back at Niya.
She looks up. “It’s not working. I don’t know if it’s me or . . .”
“Here,” I say, catching the end of one of my braids. “Try my hair. See if that works.”
Niya takes the bit of hair I snap off and bends over her bowl again. I grip my skirt with my fists and hope, hope that it’s Niya’s magic that isn’t working, and not . . . not that Seri is truly beyond our reach.
“It’s working,” Niya says, her voice flat. I look down to see the leaf has turned, the silver needle glinting brighter than it should as it points straight toward me.
I raise my eyes to Niya’s. Seri isn’t just missing. She’s somewhere even magic can’t find her.
She’s been snatched.
Isn’t that pretty! The way that font curves around her, and that red Middle-eastern inspired background 😀
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.
Intisar used to write grants and develop projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn.
Psst! Her debut novel based on the Goose Girl fairytale is out already and it’s on sale for USD 2.99 on Amazon US and Canada! You can grab your copy here! Also, head over to her post for a little bit of backstory behind the cover for The Theft of Sunlight, and if you’re interested in becoming an early reviewer or get the latest updates, check out her website to sign up.
And now, time for the international giveaway! Click the banner or link below to join. Good luck!