Dagger and Coin (Hardcover)
HarperTeen, 9780062324641, 416pp.
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
"Rich in politics, intrigue, and betrayal, Dagger and Coin is a complex feminist fantasy featuring a tough and prickly ex-princess that I couldn't help but adore."—Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
The sequel to Sword and Verse follows a familiar face—Soraya—as she attempts to rebuild a nation after the downfall of the monarchy. Readers who love Rae Carson and Kristen Cashore won’t be able to put this fantasy down.
Soraya Gamo was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion upended the social order and destroyed the capital city. Now, improbably, she sits on the new ruling council beside Mati, Raisa, and Jonis from Book 1, and must work with her former enemies.
She finally holds the political power she always wanted—but over a nation in ruins. As she helps to rebuild Qilara, she can, at last, use what everyone once told her to hide: her brain.
But not everyone is ready to accept that the Arnathim are no longer enslaved to the Qilarites. So when a slave ship arrives in the city, full of Arnathim captured before Qilara fell, the civil unrest that has been bubbling since the rebellion erupts.
Forced to confront her own prejudices, Soraya struggles to gain the trust of the Arnath people she once disregarded and establish peace in what has become chaos. With the threat of attacks high, Gelti, a former guard captain, trains Soraya in self-defense. As the two grow close, tension within the city ramps up, with danger, betrayal, and deception meeting Soraya everywhere she turns.
Friends become foes, adversaries become companions, and the clashing of classes threatens to unravel all the good Soraya has been trying to do. Can Soraya, raised to be a submissive Qilarite lady, learn to be a true leader? Or will the sins of her past forever haunt the footsteps of her future?
About the Author
Kathy MacMillan has been a librarian, American Sign Language interpreter, children’s performer, teacher, storyteller, and writer. Her previous work includes educator- and parent-resource books about promoting literacy through signing with all children. Sword and Verse and its sequel, Dagger and Coin, were inspired by her research into ancient libraries and her interest in exploring the power of language. Kathy lives near Baltimore, Maryland. To learn more about Kathy, visit www.kathymacmillan.com.
Praise For Dagger and Coin…
“Rich in politics, intrigue, and betrayal, Dagger and Coin is a complex feminist fantasy featuring a tough and prickly ex-princess that I couldn’t help but adore.”
— Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere
“Soraya’s compelling narration [is] as thrilling as the betrayals, murders, and desperate gambits propelling the plot. A fine balance of political intrigue, relationship drama, and thoughtful characterization.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“MacMillan has created a complex, nuanced world. Strong female characters taking the lead in a fast-paced plot will appeal to fans of fantasy, mythology, and work by Kristin Cashore.”
— School Library Journal
Praise for Sword and Verse:
“I was completely enthralled by the fascinating and unique world. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
— Franny Billingsley, award-winning author of Chime
“A tense, romantic fantasy epic about prejudice, political struggle, and the power of words, Sword and Verse kept me guessing at every turn. Kathy MacMillan is a writer to watch.”
— R.J. Anderson, Andre Norton Award-nominated author of ULTRAVIOLET R.J. Anderson, Andre Norton Award-nominated author of Ultraviolet
“Fans of Megan Whalen Turner will enjoy MacMillan’s debut.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A thoughtful debut fantasy.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“MacMillan has created a believable world, complete with its own mythology. For voracious and dedicated fantasy readers.”
— School Library Journal
“MacMillan’s love of learning, knowledge, and literacy shapes both plot and character development, while raising ethical questions with no easy answers. Beneath what appears to be a romantic fantasy, discerning readers will find complex, broader issues among the predictable comforts of the genre.”
— ALA Booklist
“This is a highly satisfying novel with an exciting conclusion. Filled with romance, political intrigue, and rebellion, this page-turner will be in high demand by fantasy lovers.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
A coming-of-age novel about teens striving to learn who to trust, how to forgive, and how to move beyond their own personal needs.
— Booklist Online