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“In Raybearer, Tarisai’s longing for family and connection make her empathetic and relatable, while her strength and fortitude in standing up to corrupt power make her admirable. I loved diving into this fully realized fantasy world and rooting for Tarisai’s success every step of the way. The story also touches on colonialism and the value of culture — very timely and important subjects — and includes an ace supporting character. A great read for fans of fantasy, stories with strong female leads, and anyone looking for a good book!”
— Stephanie Seales, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


Named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, KirkusReviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and more!

Dazzling . . . All hailRaybearer. Entertainment Weekly
Lush, intriguing, and perfectly paced. Buzzfeed
An exquisitely detailed world. PopSugar
Brilliantly conceived fantasy. People Magazine

Fans of Sabaa Tahir and Tomi Adeyemi wont want to miss this instant New York Times bestselling fantasy from breakout YA sensation Jordan Ifueko!

Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if youve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Princes Council of 11. If shes picked, shell be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai wont stand by and become someones pawnbut is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths were willing to go for the ones we love.

About the Author

Jordan Ifueko is a Nigerian American writer who grew up eating fried plantains while reading comic books under a blanket fort. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their collection of Black Panther Funko Pops. Raybearer is her debut novel.

Praise For…

"All hail Raybearer . . . Fans of recent breakouts in the genre like Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir may just find their next obsession."
Entertainment Weekly

"Brilliantly conceived fantasy."
People Magazine

"A lush, intriguing, and perfectly paced epic YA fantasy."
Buzzfeed News

Jordan Ifueko createsa bold new worldin her debut book.

An exciting fantasy debutthat drops the reader into anexquisitely detailedworld.

"[Raybearer] reads likethe work of a seasoned world-builder. . .Ifueko has created a rich, fresh, fully rounded world and a cast of characters to match;youll be on tenterhooks as Tarisai figures out how to balance destiny and compulsion, but her prince and her palace companions command equal attention."

Nothing like a boss @$$ fantasy with a gorgeous, dark brown girl at the center that highlightsin technicolor and glittering goldthe trifecta of our most basic of human desires: to belong, to be loved, and to walk a path of one's own choosing.
Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

One of my favorite books of this year . . . a fantastic exploration of what it meansand the sacrifices it sometimes requiresto truly become your own person.
Patrice Caldwell, editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn

"A compelling, finely tuned fantasy with fantastic world building."
Shannon Hale, New York Times bestselling author

"Fresh and utterly transportive, Raybearer is a fantastical fight for freedom, family, and justice at all costs."
Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere

Ifuekos world building and prose is nothing short of seductive and I completely adore Tarisai's headstrong, tragic self. This will be a major gem of a release in 2020!
Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish and Last of Her Name

Completely blown away! Tarisais tale set my imagination on fire.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, author of The Dark Fantastic

"Ifuekos mesmerizing debut stuns as it weaves a tale of loyalty, fate, destiny, family, and revenge. Moreover, it places a dark skinned heroine front and center, who is beautiful and powerful, deadly and compassionate, and vulnerable and tough, giving YA literature more of the diverse representation teens need."

"Ifuekos debut is full of lush world building and detailed, Nigerian-inspired mythology, giving life to a myth of epic proportions and a tale that is bound to stick with readers long after they finish it."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A fresh, phenomenal fantasy that begs readers to revel in its brilliant world."
Kirkus Reviews

"By crafting a world plagued by imperialism, poverty, and institutionalized misogyny, and a mythology that literalizes the power of love, purpose, and sacrifice, Ifueko illustrates the need for social change and inspires readers to fight for it."
Publishers Weekly

"Ifuekos debut fantasy blends Nigerian folklore with a mlange of other influences to create a multicultural world where colonization and imperialism inform the story as much as Tarisais own choices... [A] promising first installment in a fantasy duology."
School Library Journal

An imaginative, epic YA fantasy debut.
Ms. Magazine

[An]enticingdebut novel.
Book Riot

Anincrediblejourney through awholly originalworld.

Needa good YA fantasyread?Look no further than the debut from Jordan Ifueko.

I washooked from page one. . . .The world-building isgorgeous.
Electric Literature

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419739828
ISBN-10: 1419739824
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Raybearer