Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko audiobook


By Jordan Ifueko
Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Blackstone Publishing 9781419739828

The Raybearer Series: Book 1


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094149172

  • ISBN: 9781094149165

  • ISBN: 9781094149189

  • ISBN: 9781094189864

Runtime: 13.81 Hours
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English



Finalist for the 2020 Voice Arts Award

New York Times bestseller in Children's & YA Hardcover Fiction

An NPR Best Book of the Year for Children

An Audiofile Magazine “Best of the Year” pick

A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year Pick in YA Speculative Fiction

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick of Great Escapes

An io9 Pick of the Month

A Booklist Pick of Audiobooks of the Month

A Tor.com Reviewers' Choice of the Month

An Electric Literature Pick of Debut Fantasy Novels Featuring Black Women

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Best Books of Summer

A BookRiot Pick for Spring

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

The epic debut YA fantasy from an incredible new talent—perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir

Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as the Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of Eleven. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But the Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jordan Ifueko creates a bold new world in her debut book.” Seventeen
“Joniece Abbott-Pratt’s evocative narration skillfully complements Ifueko’s vibrant multilayered fantasy…Abbott-Pratt’s richly expressive characterizations imbue a fascinating cast with warmth and complexity, and her expert delivery evokes the listener’s curiosity at each turn. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[An] immersive and powerful debut.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
 “The ultimate escapist read…Enthralling.” Napa Valley Register
"Raybearer is an excellent and needed addition to diverse fantasy, and the writing and characters immediately captivated me.” BuzzFeed
“I love it when characters are faced with impossible choices. Even better, add magic. I was hooked from page one.” Electric Literature
“A fresh, phenomenal fantasy that begs readers to revel in its brilliant world.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Ifueko’s mesmerizing debut stuns as it weaves a tale of loyalty, fate, destiny, family, and revenge. Moreover, it places a dark skinned heroine front and center, who is beautiful and powerful, deadly and compassionate, and vulnerable and tough, giving YA literature more of the diverse representation teens need.” Booklist (starred review)
“By crafting a world plagued by imperialism, poverty, and institutionalized misogyny and a mythology that literalizes the power of love, purpose, and sacrifice, Ifueko illustrates the need for social change and inspires readers to fight for it.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Completely blown away! Tarisai’s tale set my imagination on fire.” Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, author of The Dark Fantastic
“Fresh and utterly transportive, Raybearer is a fantastical fight for freedom, family, and justice at all costs.” Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
“Ifueko’s world building and prose is nothing short of seductive and I completely adore Tarisai’s headstrong, tragic self. This will be a major gem of a release in 2020!” Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish




Author Bio: Jordan Ifueko

Author Bio: Jordan Ifueko

Jordan Ifueko is a Nigerian American writer who grew up eating fried plantains while reading comic books under a blanket fort. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their collection of Black Panther Funko Pops.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 13.81
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English