Monsters Born and Made
Sixteen-year-old Koral and her older brother Emrik risk their lives each day to capture the monstrous maristags that live in the black seas around their island. They have to, or else their family will starve.
In an oceanic world swarming with vicious beasts, the Landers―the ruling elite, have indentured Koral's family to provide the maristags for the Glory Race, a deadly chariot tournament reserved for the upper class. The winning contender receives gold and glory. The others―if they're lucky―survive.
When the last maristag of the year escapes and Koral has no new maristag to sell, her family's financial situation takes a turn for the worse and they can't afford medicine for her chronically ill little sister. Koral's only choice is to do what no one in the world has ever dared: cheat her way into the Glory Race.
But every step of the way is unpredictable as Koral races against contenders who have trained for this their whole lives and who have no intention of letting a low-caste girl steal their glory. When riots break out and rogues attack Koral to try and force her to drop out, she must choose―her life or her sister's―before the whole island burns.
Publication Date: September 6, 2022
"A mesmerizing account of love, loss, and revenge, entwined with a mythic family history. It's all spikes and rising oddity, a sharp-toothed thing that nods to Helen Oyeyemi and Kelly Link, but does its own thing."―New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood
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Tanvi Berwah is an entertainment blogger-turned-writer. MONSTERS BORN AND MADE, her debut YA novel, is forthcoming from Sourcebooks Fire in 2022. Her short story, Escape, is out now in Foreshadow anthology from Algonquin Young Readers. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi, and once wrote a term paper on fictional languages in The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. A history and space enthusiast, she would’ve loved to be an astronomer, had her lack of mathematical skills allowed it. Find her at tanviberwah.com.
Tags: YA, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction/SFF, BIPOC, Disability/ND (anxiety and bipolar disorder author and rep)