Laura Sebastian and Jessica Cluess Signing

Laura Sebastian

Laura Sebastian will be at the Galaxy for her debut novel Ash Princess, a Mysterious Galaxy staff favorite and Fantastic First, that tells the dark tale of a defeated princess who must rely on her wit to save her kingdom. “Laura was born and raised in South Florida and has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still there and madly in love with it. When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk.”

Laura will be in conversation with Jessica Cluess, the author of the Kingdom on Fire YA fantasy series of dark magic and dangerous deception set in London. 

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Event date: 
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
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Ash Princess Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524767068
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Press - April 24th, 2018

For fans of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the AshesAsh Princess is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.


A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553535938
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - September 5th, 2017

"Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean." --Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

"Is it clear that Cluess adores the Harry Potter series and Jane Eyre? Yes. So do you. So does everyone. What matters is that her voice is her own." --The New York Times 
I am Henrietta Howel. 
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years. 
The prophesied one. 
Or am I?

When Henrietta Howel is forced to reveal her unique power--the ability to control flames--to save a friend, she fears she will be executed. Instead, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers and declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettable heroine and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.


A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, Book Two) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553535945
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

In the gripping fantasy sequel to A Shadow Bright and Burning that Justine Magazine says is "a pinch of Potter blended with a drop of Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)," Henrietta wants to save her love, but his dark magic may be her undoing.

"Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic." --Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author ofCARAVAL

Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. 
But will his dark magic be her undoing?

In the second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? In order to try, Henrietta persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, make powerful allies, and discover that some old wounds are still full of poison.


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