cover image Fireborn


David Dalglish. Orbit, $16.99 trade paper (480p) ISBN 978-0-316-30273-9

In this exciting middle installment of the Seraphim trilogy, set in the flying islands that harbor all that’s left of humanity after an apocalyptic event centuries ago, twins Bree and Kael Skyborn become major figures in the conflict brewing between their home of Weshern and the much more powerful Center. Bree comes to terms with her new public renown as the Phoenix, known for her unique ability to ignite her swords in combat, while Kael works to secure new allies and information on behalf of the rebellion. But as resistance turns into open warfare, a much larger threat manifests, forcing everyone to reevaluate their priorities. In the process, the twins discover the true source of their powers and learn the terrible secrets and cost behind humanity’s continued survival. In 2015’s Skyborn, Dalglish introduced a host of appealing concepts such as the flying islands and element-wielding winged warriors; here he reveals additional layers of complexity and wonder, as well as increasingly high stakes. There’s a heavy focus on action-packed aerial combat, and the chaos and conflict escalate with every page, but this fantastical futuristic epic doesn’t skimp on plot development and character moments. Agent: Michael Carr, Veritas Literary Agency. (Nov.)