Written in Starlight (Hardcover)
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If the jungle wants you, it will have you.
Catalina Quiroga is a condesa without a country. She’s lost the Inkasisa throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. Banished to the perilous Yanu Jungle, Catalina knows her chances of survival are slim, but that won’t stop her from trying to escape. Her duty is to rule.
While running for her life, Catalina is rescued by Manuel, the son of her former general, who has spent years searching for allies. With his help, Catalina could find the city of gold that’s home to the fierce Illari people and strike a deal with them for an army to retake her throne.
But the elusive Illari are fighting a battle of their own—a mysterious blight is corrupting the jungle, laying waste to everything they hold dear. As a seer, Catalina should be able to help, but her ability to read the future in the stars is as feeble as her survival instincts. While on her journey, Catalina must reckon with her duty and her heart to find her true calling, which is key to stopping the corruption before it destroys the jungle completely.
“Equal parts lush and lethal, Written in Starlight swept me into a jungle full of forbidden romance and breathtaking danger. Catalina’s search for the lost city rivals only her search for self discovery, and both make for a page-turning read. This book is solid gold.” — Shelby Mahurin, New York Times bestselling author of Serpent & Dove and Blood & Honey
“Lush, dangerous, and addictive. This jungle feels alive, and Isabel has given us the most perfectly unprepared heroine to explore it.” – Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All The Stars And Teeth
“Written in Starlight is not merely an adventure novel, it’s a rich, heart-pounding story of romance, dangerous jungles, and the search for a city of gold. Isabel’s second novel is everything I hoped it would be!” – Shea Ernshaw, New York Times bestselling author of Winterwood
“Catalina’s journey is full of things I love: a lush setting where danger lurks at every turn, celestial magic, friends found in unlikely places, and a slow burning romance that stole my heart. A compelling and perfect companion novel to Isabel’s debut.” — Rebecca Ross, author of Sisters of Sword & Song
Praise 2020’s breakout YA fantasy Woven in Moonlight:
"In Ibañez’s debut novel, every detail is rich with meaning and nuance. [Woven in Moonlight] showcases a fantasy world that transcends traditional Western tropes and underscores the value of complex female characters." — TIME, "The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time"
“Woven in Moonlight—appropriately—weaves a beautiful spell that takes culturally specific details and spins them into an engaging fantasy world.” – NPR
“A nuanced and empathetic fantasy.” – BookPage, starred review
“Spins a satisfying tale of adventure, romance and magic.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Pure magic.” – Shelby Mahurin, New York Times bestselling author of Serpent & Dove
“A lush, vibrant feast of a book.” – Margaret Rogerson, New York Times bestselling author of A Sorcery of Thorns
“A wholly unique book for the YA shelf.” – Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl the Sea Gave Back