Release date: June 23, 2020
Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.
Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl—Gul—in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance—and discovers a magic he never expected to find.
Dangerous circumstances have brought Gul and Cavas together at the king’s domain in Ambar Fort . . . a world with secrets deadlier than their own. Exploring identity, class struggles, and high-stakes romance, Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India.
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“Hunted by the Sky is lush and vividly imagined, suspenseful, romantic, and adventurous.” — Teen Vogue
“As deeply enthralling as a dream, the world of Ambar lures you in with its rich mythology and fiercely tender romance. A story exquisitely told, with magic on every page.” — AUSMA ZEHANAT KHAN, author of The Bloodprint
“A thrilling start to an exciting new series set in a fresh, magical new world . . . I couldn’t put it down!” — S. A. CHAKRABORTY, author of The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper
“Hunted by the Sky plunges readers into an original and imaginative world that is both beautifully brutal and brutally beautiful. Tanaz Bhathena’s writing crackles with visceral detail and pointed metaphor, creating an immersive reading experience. Readers are certain to fall for Gul and Cavas as they find their own value in a world that tries hard to devalue them. A fresh and intelligent fantasy.” — MEGAN BANNEN, author of The Bird and the Blade
“With Hunted by the Sky , Tanaz Bhathena pens a story that is as fierce as it is tender. Her girls are beautifully complicated. Her world is lush, intricate, and unique. This book not only left me breathless, it made my heart soar.” — KRISTEN CICCARELLI, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara
“A mythical tale of love, sisterhood, vengeance, and hope, Hunted by the Sky is an epic adventure you don’t want to miss.” — TASHA SURI, author of Empire of Sand
“Filled with magic, prophecy, and ancient goddesses, Hunted by the Sky is an engrossing novel that will keep the reader up long past bedtime. Tanaz Bhathena’s fantasy is perfect for fans of thoughtful world-building and fantastical mirrors to our own reality. A whirlwind of heartfelt storytelling.” — JODI MEADOWS, New York Times–bestselling co-author of My Plain Jane and author of the Fallen Isles Trilogy
“Captivating . . . Steeped in medieval Indian magic, Hunted by the Sky is a breathtaking adventure of a book that draws you in from page one.” — SUKANYA VENKATRAGHAVAN, editor of Magical Women and author of Dark Things
“Hunted by the Sky offers YA fantasy readers something deliciously fresh, while giving us everything we love: a richly imagined landscape, fascinating magic, and a tenacious young heroine pitted against impossible odds.” — ELLY BLAKE, New York Times–bestselling author of the Frostblood Saga
“A dazzling, rich story with a complex heroine, intricate magic, and bone-sharp prose, Hunted by the Sky is the fantasy novel I’ve been waiting for all year.” — SWATI TEERDHALA, author of The Tiger at Midnight Series
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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Tanaz Bhathena’s Hunted by the Sky, Barnes & Noble Teen Blog
Audio: Recorded Books
Canada: Penguin Random House Canada
India: Penguin Random House India