I’m so very happy to announce that my next Graceling Realm book, Seasparrow, will release on November 1, 2022. Scroll down for my beautiful covers in the US and the UK! I’ll also include links for pre-ordering at the bottom of this post.
Seasparrow is told from the point of view of Hava, Queen Bitterblue’s secret sister and spy, who has the Grace of changing what you think you see when you look at her. In other words, the Grace of hiding in plain sight. In Seasparrow, Hava sails across the sea toward Monsea with her sister, the royal entourage, and the world’s only copies of the formulas for the zilfium weapon Hava saved at the end of Winterkeep. As in all of my books, adventure ensues — the kind of adventure that will cause Hava to do some soul-searching. While Bitterblue grapples with how to carry the responsibility of a weapon that will change the world, Hava has a few mysteries to solve — and a decision to make about who she wants to be in the new world Bitterblue will build. Seasparrow was edited by Andrew Karre. Thank you, Andrew, for helping me help Hava find her wings!
Prior to today, I’ve only been talking about this book on Twitter, where I don’t have a lot of space to say meaningful things. I have space on this blog, so here are a few non-spoilery bits of info about Seasparrow.
* Unlike my other Graceling Realm books, this one is told from the first-person point of view. Why? Because it was right for this book. Hava is a character who’s so internal that often other people don’t even know she’s there. I suppose I can’t entirely explain why, when I started writing, I knew I needed to write in first person, but maybe it’s because in order to write about Hava, I needed to get deep inside, where she was. I don’t think I’ve ever written a book from the perspective of someone so hidden before. And yet, from the start, Hava let me in. It felt like she was the one making the decision about what point of view we needed.
* Though the page count is higher (624!), the word count is not higher than any of my other Graceling Realm books. That’s because Hava’s story is told in a lot of pretty short chapters. That felt right for Hava and the way she processes things; again, it felt like she was the one making this decision. Short chapters have a way of creating a sense of empty space inside a printed book, which is an effect I’ve always liked, so I went with it.
* The interior art that Ian Schoenherr created for Seasparrow is spectacular. Maybe more than any of my books prior to this, I’m excited for the day when I’ll have the finished product in my hands.
* Four years ago, I spent some time in the Arctic on a tall ship. I planned this book while I was on that trip. I started writing it the moment I got back. I could not have written this book were it not for my experience doing an artist residency with the organization The Arctic Circle. If you’d like to see some of the photos from my Arctic experience, search for “Arctic Circle” in the search engine.
And now for the covers! Here’s the US/Canada cover for Seasparrow, which will be published by Dutton/Penguin Random House. Kuri Huang is the cover artist. Jessica Jenkins is the cover designer. And as I’ve already said, the interior will include beautiful art by Ian Schoenherr.
And here is the UK/Australia/New Zealand cover for Seasparrow. My editor at Gollancz is Gillian Redfearn. Micaela Alcaino is the cover artist and Tomás Almeida is the in-house designer.
Finally, here are some direct pre-ordering links! Seasparrow can be ordered in the US at:
And in the UK at:
…and wherever books are sold.
Happy holiday weekend for those celebrating. And happy reading!