Aiden Thomas and Roseanne A. Brown for THE SUNBEARER TRIALS *In-Person!*
We are soooo excited to host Loyalty staff faves Aiden Thomas and Roseanne A. Brown for a LIVE and IN-PERSON conversation (moderated by Loyalty's programs and marketing manager Christine Bollow) celebrating the release of The Sunbearer Trials! This is a ticketed event taking place at the Yellow Room at the Round House Theatre Education Center in Downtown Silver Spring. There are two ticket options available: one option includes a copy of The Sunbearer Trials, access to the live event at the Round House Theatre Education Center, and priority access to the signing line following the event. The other ticket option is free and includes access to the post-event signing line, but does not include a copy of the book or admission to the event conversation. Proof of vaccination will be required, as well as a temperature check at the door. Additional copies of The Sunbearer Trials, as well as Aiden and Roseanne's other books, will be available for purchase at the event. Please select your ticket option below, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys.
“Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. I’m just a Jade. I’m not a real hero.”
As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the chaotic Obsidian gods at bay. Sol selects ten of the most worthy semidioses to compete in the Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all—they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body melted down to refuel the Sun Stones, protecting the world for another ten years.
Teo, a seventeen-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of the goddess of birds, isn't worried about the Trials . . . at least, not for himself. His best friend, Niya is a Gold semidiós and a shoo-in for the Trials, and while he trusts her abilities, the odds of becoming the sacrifice is one-in-ten.
But then, for the first time in over a century, the impossible happens. Sol chooses not one, but two Jade competitors. Teo, and Xio, the thirteen-year-old child of the god of bad luck. Now they must compete in five trials against Gold opponents who are more powerful and better trained. Worst of all, Teo’s annoyingly handsome ex-best friend and famous semidiós Hero, Aurelio is favored to win. Teo is determined to get himself and his friends through the trials unscathed—for fame, glory, and their own survival.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aiden Thomas is a trans, Latinx, New York Times Bestselling Author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color. Their books include Cemetery Boys and Lost in the Never Woods.
ABOUT THE IN-CONVERSATION PARTNER
Roseanne A. Brown is an immigrant from the West African nation of Ghana and a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she completed the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her debut novel A Song of Wraiths and Ruin was an instant New York Times Bestseller, an Indie Bestseller, and received six starred reviews. She has worked with Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney among other publishers. Her middle grade debut, Serwa Boateng's Guide to Vampire Hunting, is out September 6th, 2022, with Rick Riordan Presents. You can visit her online at roseanneabrown.com or on Instagram or Twitter at @rosiesrambles.
Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event.