Beast & Crown #2 (Hardcover)

The Ice Witch

By Joel Ross

HarperCollins, 9780062484628, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

List Price: 16.99*
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From Texas Bluebonnet Award winner Joel Ross, author of The Fog Diver, comes the second book in his sweeping fantasy duology.

Ji and his friends Roz, Sally, and Chibo have gone into hiding following the disastrous Diadem Rite, where they were transformed from humans into half-beasts. It’s their hope that they will survive the epic journey to the Ice Witch to be restored to humans again before they run out of time.

But they know the evil Summer Queen’s soldiers are tracking them and fear that she is hot on their (at times abnormally large and fluffy) tails…

With the help of goblins, ogres, trolls, and a few mermaids along the way, Ji and his band of unlikely heroes must save their world from being eternally divided.

Ross’s smart and fast-paced writing, paired with an addictive, suspenseful, and funny storyline, will leave readers hanging on every word. Fans will cheer for this endearing crew of servants, led by the amazing and dynamic Ji, who are changed forever and must fight for their freedom.

About the Author

Joel Ross is the author of The Fog Diver, which received the Cybils Award and the YouPer Award from the Michigan Library Association and was named to the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. He is also the author of The Lost Compass as well as two World War II thrillers for adults (Double Cross Blind and White Flag Down). He lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Lee Nichols, who is also a full-time writer, and their son, Ben, who is a full-time kid. To find out more information, go to

Praise For Beast & Crown #2: The Ice Witch

A solid fantasy adventure with several laugh-out-loud moments.
— School Library Journal

Funny and clever, Beast & Crown has big, serious things to say about freedom and friendship. Joel Ross has created a wildly imaginative world and a plot full of unexpected twists and turns, not to mention plenty of witty banter.
— Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief series

Out-of-this world magic, laugh-out-loud humor, and a cast of lovable characters.
— Sage Blackwood, author of JINX