David Anthony Durham was born in New York to a Caribbean family and raised primarily in the Mid- Atlantic area. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, and teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program and the University of Nevada, Reno. David is the author of seven books for grown-ups. The Shadow Prince is is his first book for middle-grade readers.
"David Anthony Durham never disappoints. I can't wait to read whatever he writes next." -- George R.R. Martin "Wildly imaginative and thoroughly thrilling, The Shadow Prince is a Hunger Games for a big, strange, magical new world." -- Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians Trilogy "Durham is a master of the fantasy epic." -- The Washington Post "Durham's story is rich in detail and imagination. . . A rousing romp that shows kindness as a strength and power as a chance to improve our world." -- Booklist "Durham offers up an action-packed, magic-filled adventure made all the more fun by its evocative world building. . . Ash's narrative voice is distinctly contemporary, full of endearing snark and self-deprecating wit, and readers will appreciate both his happy ending and the unresolved mysteries that leave the door open for sequels." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A fantastical, solar-powered Egypt complete with solar chariots and kiteboards is original. . . Solid and earnest." -- Kirkus Reviews "Inventive. . . Well-rounded characters infuses the narrative with warmth. Bolstered by an accessible voice, Durham's middle grade debut weaves the power of renewable energy into a rollicking tale of gods and monsters." -- Publishers Weekly "Durham's middle grade debut is full of action, political intrigue, inventive solar powered gadgets, and quirky creatures. Ash is a sympathetic character who discovers his own self-worth and a surprising talent while competing in the grueling competition. An exciting, magical series opener perfect for fans of Rick Riordan, Kwame Mbalia's Tristan Strong, and Jonathan Stroud's 'Bartimaeus' series." -- School Library Journal