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SCHEDULE & GIVEAWAY: King of the Rising by Kacen Callender

Genre: adult, epic fantasy

Diversity tags: author of color (black author), poc representation (all-black cast), lgbtqiap+ representation (asexual)

Publication date: 01 December 2020

Publisher: Orbit Books

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The second novel in the Islands of Blood and Storm series set in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression—perfect for fans of R.F. Kuang and Tasha Suri.

A revolution has swept through the islands of Hans Lollik and former slave Loren Jannik has been chosen to lead the survivors in a bid to free the islands forever. But the rebels are running out of food, weapons and options. And as the Fjern inch closer to reclaiming Hans Lollik with every battle, Loren is faced with a choice that could shift the course of the revolution in their favor-or doom it to failure.

Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Slavery
  • Death
  • Torture
  • Violence
  • Rape/sexual assault

About the Author

Kacen Callender was born two days after a hurricane and was first brought home to a house without its roof. After spending their first eighteen years on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen studied Japanese, Fine Arts, and Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received their MFA from the New School. Kacen is the author of the middle grade novel Hurricane Child and the young adult novel This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story.

Tour Schedule

November 30
Metaphors and Miscellanea
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf
Playita Reads
Will Read For Booze

December 1
Far Flung Readers
mac n’ books
My Bookish Banter
Pei Reads

December 2
Libri Draconis
Phrases & Pages

December 3
The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Reading Chemist

December 4
Roving Savant
Sohinee Reads & Reviews


For this tour, we are giving away one (1) finished copy of Queen of the Conquered and one (1) finished copy of King of the Rising by Kacen Callender! Both books will go to one winner.

This giveaway is open to residents of North America. It will be accepting entries until 10 December 2020 (12:00 AM, Philippine time).

Published by Shealea

Shealea likes sunflowers, research, and inclusive literature. In 2020, she graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor's degree in Communication Research.

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