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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library Y MAE (Text) 33500013260021 New Available -
Breckenridge Public Library Y MAE (Text) 33500013260013 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781984835215
  • ISBN: 1984835211
  • Physical Description: 406 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Razorbill, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
In the magical kingdom of Orkena, a teenaged girl is chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12+. Razorbill.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    Caught between three royal siblings in a literal race for the throne of Orkena, Zahru has the misfortune of being selected as the human sacrifice that the victor will make at the finish line. Though she possesses magic, her gift as an animal whisperer isn't likely to save her. However, as she comes to know the princes, she gains a better understanding of her unique abilities and how valuable they are, especially when—in one case—those gifts are augmented by what might be love. A great cross-country race, sibling rivalry, magic gifts (or lack thereof), and unlikely love all come together in a delicious stew of adventure. Characters are enhanced by some glimpses into what powers their actions, rather than being stock figures with mythic trappings, and as a result, readers will bond with even those who appear to be the bad guys. As in other fantasies, magical ability and ability type help determine someone's value, but Mae bestows additional complexity on her characters by deliberately exploring the human traits that shape them as well. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Natalie Mae is an ex-programmer, dark chocolate enthusiast, and author of young adult novels. She has also been a freelance editor and a Pitch Wars mentor, and she feels it notable to mention she once held a job where she had to feed spiders. When not writing, she can be found wandering the Colorado wilderness with her family. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @ByNatalieMae, and online at

Subject: Fantasy.
Magic > Fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. > Fiction.
Human sacrifice > Fiction.

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