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The Almost King

A Take Back the Skies novel

Lucy Saxon


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Aleks Vasin doesn't want any part of the boring village life mapped out for him--he wants excitement and the chance to travel. So Aleks heads South to the great city of Rensav and enlists in the army, but after a brutal few days, he realizes that he's signed himself away to a life far worse than the one he just left.

Aleks escapes, hoping to find safety somewhere in the North. On the way, he finds love, adventure, and a skyship full of technological discoveries beyond his wildest dreams. He might just prove himself a hero too-but only if he can evade the vengeful soldiers on his trail who want him back. The Almost King returns to the epic, sweeping world of Tellus with a brand-new hero.

Praise For The Almost King: A Take Back the Skies novel

"Readers fascinated by clockwork adventure will enjoy Tellus' steampunk technologies and airship-populated skies." - Booklist

"Intriguing. . . . readers will undoubtedly feel that staunch, earnest Aleks deserves all the good that heads his way" - BCCB

"Brilliant storytelling . . . Saxon’s second novel is almost perfect and should appeal to any reader who enjoys a great adventure story." - VOYA

"Sprinkled with popular elements of dystopia, steampunk, and noble love, the plot sparkles. . . . Saxon has set up the world of Tellus well to support many rollicking tales." - Publishers Weekly on TAKE BACK THE SKIES

"Readers will discover a fast-paced adventure, a little mystery, and a little romance." - School Library Journal on TAKE BACK THE SKIES

"Saxon’s debut novel depicts a carefully crafted dystopian world. . . Full of adventure, political intrigue, alternative technology, a chaste romance between Cat and crewmate Fox, and a hint of steampunk, this should be popular with the Hunger Games crowd." - Booklist on TAKE BACK THE SKIES

"Has an engaging plot and a well-developed world with likable characters." - VOYA on TAKE BACK THE SKIES

"[D]efinitely an author to watch." - USA Today on TAKE BACK THE SKIES

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781619636279, 400pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2016

About the Author

Lucy Saxon is twenty and lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her parents. She describes herself as a cosplayer, con-goer, booklover, and all-round nerd. She wrote her first novel, Take Back the Skies, at the age of sixteen, finding a home for it with Bloomsbury at seventeen, and is now working on the rest of the series. When not writing, Lucy spends most of her time on the Internet, reading books and slaving over her sewing machine.