WE ARE THE
FIRE WITH FIRE
A contemporary fantasy about two sisters who were raised to be fierce dragon slayers but end up on opposite sides of the impending war when one sister forms an unlikely, magical bond with a dragon.
Expected publication: Spring 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s
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BENEATH THE CITADEL
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.
Cover art by Billelis, design by Siobhan Gallagher.
” …the dynamics of friendship, nuanced LGBTQIA+ characters, and political story lines will encourage readers to read to the very end.
VERDICT: Soria’s stand-alone fantasy novel will resonate with fans of Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ series.” (School Library Journal)
“This tale of friendship, political intrigue, power, and love is a delight. Soria gives readers characters to invest in, and a situation to trigger conversation without the overblown, overinvolved writing of some fantasies.” (Booklist)
“The four protagonists are drawn in strong lines, their personalities bold and distinct with some swoony romance between the two boys and welcome diversity regarding body shape and sexuality…readers will be able to follow the twists and turns through to the satisfying conclusion.” (The Horn Book)
“…genuinely satisfying…The premise, based around “infallible prophecies,” raises interesting questions about free will…This is a thrilling adventure story.” (Kirkus)
In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.
When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.
Cover art by Sam Wolfe Connelly, design by Alyssa Nassner.
“Energetic and original, this alternative history, fantasy, and mystery mashup with its pair of smart, resourceful, flawed but engaging heroines never disappoints.” (Kirkus)
“Hand this entrancing historical fantasy to fans of Libba Bray’s Diviners series or anyone who likes their magic on the seamier side.” (Booklist)
“Stories of the diverse cast of flawed and complicated characters striving to do better complement the solid female friendship at the core of this absorbing novel… Mystery and fantasy blend well in this witty title filled with twists and fast-paced action.” (School Library Journal)
“Destiny Soria’s debut is without a doubt one of the best of the year.” (YA Books Central)
How do you pronounce your last name?
SOR-ee-uh. I’m Latinx, so hearken back to your high school Spanish days for this one. Bonus points if you can roll the “r” correctly.
Is there going to be an Iron Cast or Beneath the Citadel sequel?
Unfortunately no. But if you write some fanfiction, I’ll give you a cookie.