Maya and the Rising Dark (Hardcover)

By Rena Barron

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9781328635181, 304pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

List Price: 16.99*
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In this highly anticipated contemporary fantasy, twelve-year-old Maya’s search for her missing father puts her at the center of a battle between our world, the Orishas, and the mysterious and sinister Dark world. Perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and The Serpent’s Secret.

Twelve-year-old Maya is daydreaming about summer break in her southside Chicago neighborhood when she witnesses the color bleed from the world. She’s the only one who sees it and other weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night. Not to mention, there’s a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams. Her best friends try to find a reasonable explanation—perhaps a ghost uprising or a lunchroom pudding experiment gone awry. But to Maya, it sounds like something from one of Papa’s fantastical stories or her favorite Oya comics.

When Papa goes missing, Maya is suddenly thrust into a world both strange and familiar as she uncovers the truth. Her father is the guardian of the veil between our world and the Dark—where an army lead by the Lord of Shadows, the man from Maya’s nightmares, awaits. Maya herself is a godling, half orisha and half human, and her neighborhood is a safe haven. But now that the veil is failing, the Lord of Shadows is determined to destroy the human world.

Maya will have to unlock her hidden powers, save her father, and bring order to our world before darkness consumes it. She just hopes she can do it in time to attend Comic-Con before summer’s over.

About the Author

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school.
Rena has an affinity for good cheese, wine, and nature. For a time, she lived in the Franche-Comté region of France, where she hiked to her heart’s content and explored the ruins of old castles. When she’s not writing, she can be found running along Lake Michigan or brushing up on her French.

Twitter: @renathedreamer