I couldn’t get enough of Kingdom of Souls. Wonderfully written, and full of dark magic and danger, it was a story I couldn’t wait to escape into. Highly recommended!

Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

Magnetic and addictive, Rena Barron’s Kingdom of Souls turns ambition into sacrifice and blood into power. Magic is always worth the price—and the pain—and this book is black girl magic at its finest.

Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

Set in a lushly drawn and fresh magical world, Kingdom of Souls was a wild, heart-wrenching ride. Every turn took me by surprise, and the end left me crying for the fate of these unforgettable characters in their epic struggle against a complex evil, one that threatens both from without as well as within. Readers won’t be able to put this one down.

Mindee Arnett, award-winning author of Onyx and Ivory

Powerful. Captivating. Heart wrenching. Rena Barron has crafted a thrilling, twisty, unputdownable epic about a complex, brave young woman who must find the true magic within herself in order to fight for her family, her people, and her life.

Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters and Internment

Lush, captivating, and full of my favorite things: a vivid world, a cast of compelling characters, and a young heroine ready to rise and fearlessly fight for her beliefs. This powerful coming of age story lingers long after the final page.

Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen’s Rising and The Queen’s Resistance

Barron’s lush prose and boundless imagination enchant the reader with a vivid world, compelling characters, and twists to keep you reading all night. Kingdom of Souls spellbinds with fresh and dazzling magic.

Elly Blake, New York Times Bestselling author of Frostblood

Crackling with tension, this masterpiece of escalating stakes doesn’t pull its punches.

Rebecca Schaeffer, author of Not Even Bones


Explore the world from the tribal lands where magic is bountiful to the Kingdom where power is everything and magic comes at a price. Take your chances in Kefu where time passes at a whim or make your fortune in the godless land of snow and ice of the north. If you’re brave enough, journey south to the Dark Forest for a chance to win immunity against magic, but first, you must survive the beasts that roam the marshes.

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Meet the band of friends willing to put everything on the line to stop darkness from spreading across the land as they face off against an ancient evil. Arrah, resilient and driven. Rudjek, skilled and deadly. Essnai, efficient and practical. Sukar, sly and cynical.


February 16, 2021
HarperTeen (a division of HarperCollins)
HarperVoyagerUK (a division of HarperCollins)

Power is a gift—and a curse.

In this explosive sequel to Kingdom of Souls, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price. Now the last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to pick up the shattered pieces of a kingdom in shambles and uncover long-buried secrets.