September 3, 2019
HarperTeen (a division of HarperCollins)
September 19, 2019
HarperVoyagerUK (a division of HarperCollins)
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.
She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Content Warning: The story includes blood magic, an intentional infliction of self-injury in a ritual, challenging familial relationships, death of a child, death in battle scenes, mention of animal sacrifice (not on page), animal possession, mind manipulation, and an act of a sexual nature that occurs when a character tricks another character while disguising their appearance.
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