We have the first three authors published under Rick Riordan Imprint, plus check out the cover for MAGNUS CHASE book three!
We posted about the Rick Riordan Imprint that will be happening soon under Disney-Hyperion. Well, now we have the first three authors that will be published under the imprint – Yoon Ha Lee, Jennifer Cervantes, and Roshani Chokshi.
Riordan took a break from writing his own books to find manuscripts that would fit under the imprint, and he went with these three.
Yoon Ha Lee normally writes science fiction for adults. However, having to write under Riordan’s imprint a story based on Korean folklore, he barely hesitated. His daughter read all of Riordan’s books.
Dragon Pearl, a standalone middle grade novel, stars Min, a teenage fox spirit whose brother is missing and thought to have deserted the Thousand Worlds Space Forces in order to find the pearl of the title, an artifact that may have the power to save their struggling space colony. Lee says the toughest part of writing for a new audience was working with shorter chapters and a different vocabulary; the idea for the story itself came to him quickly. “I was pretty sure nobody else would come up with a space opera based on Korean mythology,” he said.
Jennifer Cervantes’s Storm Runner will have a book will center with a 13-year-old’s adventure with a Mayan prophecy.
Like Lee, Cervantes’ decision to go with Riordan’s new imprint also had a lot to do with her own children’s reading habits. The mother of three daughters, she says all that her youngest child, now 18, read during middle school were Riordan’s books. When she told her she was publishing her second novel (following Tortilla Sun, 2010) with a new imprint founded by Riordan, Cervantes says her daughter turned fangirl in a flash. “She almost forgot to say, ‘Congratulations,’ ” Cervantes said. “The next thing out of her mouth was, ‘Do I get to meet him?’ ”
The Star-Touched Queen‘s Roshani Chokshi already has several books under her belt, but having one under the Riordan imprint was also a no-brainer. The title is Aru Shah and the End of Time. Agent Thao Le said, “While we had keen bids from a couple of other houses, ultimately, the draw of Rick Riordan, who has been incredibly hands-on with this new imprint, was a deal maker.”
Chokshi’s heroine is a 12-year-old Indian-American girl who unwittingly frees a demon intent on awakening the God of Destruction. (As Percy Jackson might say: “Oops.”) Her agent, Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra & Associates, calls it “Percy Jackson meets Sailor Moon with a great wealth of wonderful Indian mythology that is inspired by Roshani’s heritage.”
As for the cover for Magnus Chase book three, The Ship of the Dead, check it out!
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead comes out October 3, 2017.
Chokshi’s Aru Shah and the End of Time is scheduled to release in April 2018, while Lee’s Dragon Pearl and Cervantes’s Storm Runner will come out September 2018.