Shadowboxer

Tricia Sullivan. Ravenstone/Rebellion, $9.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-78108-282-9
In this adrenaline-fueled supernatural adventure, a young woman channels her anger into fighting, only to risk losing everything due to her lack of control. Jade Barrera, 17, is a rising star in the mixed martial arts (MMA) circuit, but after she snaps and hurts the wrong person, she’s sent to regain her focus by training in Thailand, where she’s exposed to new ways of thinking and living. Unknowingly, Jade becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy involving drug smuggling and slavery when a girl capable of walking between worlds and a magic-touched investigative reporter enter her life. With a feral god watching over Jade and her newfound companions, Jade fights for her life inside the ring and out of it. SF author Sullivan (Lightborn) spins a kinetic, violent, and magical tale that makes excellent use of Jade’s hard-edged voice. Sullivan brings to life the beauty of Thailand and the sweat and blood of the gym, infusing them with magic and danger. The mystical and realistic aspects of the plot don’t always mesh, but it remains a strong showing. Ages 14–up. Agency: Alex Adsett Publishing Services. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/08/2014
Release date: 10/28/2014
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