Jala's Mask (Paperback)

By Mike Grinti, Rachel Grinti

Pyr, 9781616149789, 285pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

List Price: 18.00*
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To save her people, she must steal the face of a god.

For two hundred years, Jala's people have survived by raiding the mainland. By shaping the reefs around the Five-and-One Islands into magical ships, they can cross the ocean, take what they want, and disappear.

Or so they have always believed. On the night after Jala becomes queen, a tide of magical fog sweeps over the islands, carrying ships form the mainland. Inside are a desperate people, driven half-mad by sorcery and looking for revenge.

Now Jala--caught between her family's unending ambitions, the politics of the islands thrown into turmoil, and her unexpected love for the king--must find a way to save them all if she can.

But there are greater powers at work, and the politics of gods are more terrifying than she could have imagined. To save the Five-and-One Islands she may have to leave them behind.

About the Author

Mike and Rachel Grinti are a husband-and-wife writing team. They met at a writing workshop in 2002, though they didn't start writing together until a few years later. Rachel is a children's librarian. Mike fell in love with reading after he checked out The Hobbit from his school library and has been hooked on fantasy and science fiction ever since. When he's not writing or reading, he's probably playing video games and has a day job making them.

Praise For Jala's Mask

 Praise for Claws (Chicken House, 2012)
“This middle-grade fantasy offers some intriguing elements as it hurtles toward an exciting, if abrupt, ending. … Readers who persevere will find themselves caught up in the action and fascinated by the exquisitely imagined and decidedly different fairies....[this] intriguing debut will likely appeal to fantasy fanatics.” 

Kirkus Reviews

 “The Grintis endow this semiserious debut tale with both a motley pride of authentically blasé stray cats and a menagerie of enjoyably creepy creatures from ratters (a sort of cross between oversize rats and reference librarians) to a set of blind, glamour-wielding faeries who enthrall children to be their eyes and, as it turns out, are the villains of the piece. The climactic rescue follows a nervous interview with a child-eating hag, visits to a wild faerie nightclub, and treks through not one but two spooky magic forests. Readers will happily accompany Emma on her quest and look forward to seeing what uses she will make of her burgeoning magical powers in future episodes.”