Tamora Pierce is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. Her books have been translated into many languages, and some are available on audio from Listening Library and Full Cast Audio. In 2013, she won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at TamoraPierce.com and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.
"Pierce has long been lauded for her kickass heroines, and in Beka she has created her most compelling, complicated character...[T]his novel provides both crackerjack storytelling and an endearingly complex protagonist."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW "Tamora Pierce creates epic worlds populated by girls and women of bravery, heart, and strength. Her work inspired a generation of writers and continues to inspire us." --HOLLY BLACK, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Few authors can slay so effectively with a single sentence--I mean fist-in-the-air, shouting-at-my-book slay--as Tamora Pierce. All these years later, I still draw strength from her words." --MARIE LU, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is a seminal figure in the fantasy field of writing, turning out one terrific book after another." --TERRY BROOKS, New York Times bestselling author of the Sword of Shannara trilogy "It's impossible to overstate Tamora Pierce's impact on children's literature. Her tough, wise, and wonderful heroines have inspired generations of readers." --RAE CARSON, New York Times bestselling author "In the world of YA fantasy, there's before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)!" --BRUCE COVILLE, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is a trailblazer for so many fantasy writers, hacking through the old tropes with her narrative machete and showing us that girl-centered adventures are not just possible but amazing." --RACHEL HARTMAN, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce's writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshingly clear, invigorating, and revitalizing river." --GARTH NIX, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce is gloriously unafraid to give her readers joy and laughter along with adventure and struggle, to let us love her characters wholeheartedly and find the best of ourselves in them." --NAOMI NOVIK, New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn't just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire." --KATHERINE ARDEN, author of The Bear and the Nightingale "Tamora Pierce's bold, courageous heroines illuminate the journey to womanhood." --CALLIE BATES, author of The Waking Land "Tamora Pierce is the queen of YA fantasy, and we are all happy subjects in her court." --JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning "Tamora Pierce's novels gave me a different way of seeing the world." --ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON, award-winning author of Love Is the Drug