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Ashes of Gold
Wings of Ebony Series, Book 2
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In the "thrilling...masterful" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls "bold, inventive, big-hearted, and...
In the "thrilling...masterful" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls "bold, inventive, big-hearted, and...
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  • In the "thrilling...masterful" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls "bold, inventive, big-hearted, and deeply perceptive," Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people's stolen magic.
    Rue has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement prison without her magic or her allies. But she's a girl from East Row. And girls from East Row don't give up. Girls from East Row pick themselves back up when they fall. Girls from East Row break themselves out.

    But getting free and finding her friends is only half the battle. Rue vows that when she reunites with them, she will find a way to return the magic that the Chancellor has stolen from her father's people. Yet even on Yiyo Peak, Rue is a misfit; with half a foot back in Houston and a heart that is half human, half god, she's not sure she's the right person to lead the fight to reclaim a glorious past.

    When a betrayal sends her into a tailspin, Rue must decide who to trust and how to be the leader that her people deserve, because if she doesn't, it isn't just Yiyo that will be destroyed—it will be Rue herself.

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  • J. Elle is the author of the instant New York Times and Indie bestseller Wings of Ebony, a YA novel about a Black teen who must lean into her ancestor's magic to protect her inner-city community from drugs, violence, and crime. Ms. magazine calls it "the debut fantasy we need right now." She also wrote its sequel, Ashes of Gold. Elle is a former educator and first-generation college student with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in educational administration and human development. When she's not writing, Elle can be found mentoring aspiring writers, binging reality TV, loving on her three littles, or cooking up something true to her Louisiana roots.

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    November 15, 2021
    The future of a nation rests on one girl's shoulders. After Rue, an African American teen from Texas, discovered that her father was from a magical land near Madagascar called Ghizon, her world has been turned upside down. In a matter of months, she learned about the island's terrible dark past and how her father's people were forced into hiding after the Chancellor stole their magic and led the Grays to power. Now, the Grays are divided between loyalists and those rebelling against the Chancellor's terrible actions. Meanwhile, Jelani, as Rue is known to the Ghizoni, has become a beacon of hope for her people: She and her friends Bri and Jhamal have decided to join the rebellion. As the Chancellor begins his assault on their base, Rue quickly realizes that they are outpowered. Suddenly, her world goes dark, and she wakes up in a cell next to Jhamal with no recollection of what happened. With responsibility weighing heavily on her shoulders, Rue must find a way to restore her confidence and take down the Chancellor once and for all. Elle's thrilling conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology delivers a hefty punch. Rue's feelings of insecurity and fear of failure connect readers to her as she weighs a multitude of consequences at every turn. Bri's character arc, as one of the Grays, is a wonderful portrait of allyship and the confrontation of privilege. Elle delivers in her sophomore outing. A masterful adventure. (Fantasy. 14-18)

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