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Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel | Exclusive

Cover of A Spark Within the Forge: An Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel

We’ve got an exclusive today: BOOM! Studios announces A Spark Within the Forge, the second volume of the three-volume prequel to Sabaa Tahir’s Ember in the Ashes YA novels, and we’ve got the first preview. Collaborating with Tahir on the graphic novel are writer Nicole Andelfinger (Dragon Prince: Bloodmoon Huntress) and artist Sonia Liao  (The Curie Society). Each volume in the graphic novel series looks at the backstories of the characters in the novels; the first one, A Thief Among the Trees, which came out in 2020, followed the military training of Elias, Helene, and Tavi. Here’s what A Spark Within the Forge is about:

Before they were torn asunder, Laia lived happily and quietly with her Nan, Pop, and brother Darin within the Scholar district of Martial-ruled Serra. Although Laia is afraid to venture outside her home due to the heavy Martial presence, Darin loves to explore all parts of their home city… even those that are forbidden.

A chance encounter with famed swordsmith Spiro Teluman, who sees in Darin a talent for forging weapons, leads him down a path that pulls him away from his family but towards hope for his people. Meanwhile, Laia is forced to take her brother’s place accompanying Pop to combat a dangerous illness spreading quickly through Serra. When Laia discovers a surprising cure, will she brave exposure and the heavily-patrolled streets so she can save the city and someone she loves?

The book will be available in February 2022. In the meanwhile, here’s a first look at what’s inside. Enjoy!

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Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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