Seventeen-year-old Gen may have rescued her beloved father from prison, but she hasn’t saved him yet. If she fails her end of a bargain with the Olympian Empresses, they will send him right back to his cell. To keep the Empresses happy, Gen must bring them the legendary golden apples of Hesperides and the monstrous Cerberus. But both are rumored to be in the neighboring Elysium Empire, which has a long history of war with Olympia. Making matters worse, Gen’s former enemy and newly designated heir to the isle of Arcadia Castor invites herself on the journey, hoping a golden apple could end Arcadia’s reliance on Illumium for storm vials. And Castor’s twin brother, Gen’s StormMaker boyfriend Pollux, has been pulling away from Gen due to troubles stemming from her mind magic.
With Castor’s pirate-thief girlfriend and Pollux’s servant companion in tow, the unlikely team embarks on its voyage. But war is only an insult away in Elysium, and more than the Emperor has their eyes on Gen’s mission. The quest has caught the attention of one of Elysium’s Oracles, and trouble is sure to brew with Prophecy on the rise.
And here’s the electrifying cover, designed by Karli Kruse and illustrated by Sanjay Charlton of Beehive Illustration!
A note from the author: In our initial cover discussion, I asked, “Do you think we can have Gen, Castor, Pollux and the golden apples and the Cerberus on the front?” I was willing to forsake the labors if they wouldn’t fit, but I definitely wanted Pollux to make an appearance. Sanjay Charlton, the cover illustrator, miraculously made it all work. You get the characters, the tension, and the mythology all in one shot. It’s perfect.
Rachel Menard is an author of strange and fantastical stories for teens that feature unapologetic young women. Her work has been featured in Writer’s Digest and on Cast of Wonders, and her short story, “Blame it on the Bees,” was chosen as a “Best of 2019” by Diabolical Plots. Her novels include Game of Strength and Storm, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Clash of Fate and Fury. Visit her online at http://www.RachelMenard.com.