One of Time magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revoluci n, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
"Pure magic." - Shelby Mahurin, NYT bestselling author of Serpent & Dove
"A wholly unique book for the YA shelf." - Adrienne Young, NYT bestselling author of Sky in the Deep
"A spellbinding, vivid debut." - Rebecca Ross, author of Queen's Rising
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena's motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight. When Atoc demands the real Condesa's hand in marriage, it's Ximena's duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc's no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true arist crata to their rightful place. She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princesa, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge--and her Condesa.
Author: Isabel Ibañez
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.50h x 5.80w x 1.20d
Age Range: 14-UP
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Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2019 - Recommended - Better Than Most
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About the Author
Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at @IsabelWriter09.