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The Afterward by E.K. Johnston
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May 26, 2020 | ISBN 9780735231917

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“Johnston’s love for storytelling is catching.”—The New York Times

“I love this book so very much. It’s an epic quest, with female knights and female camaraderie and companionship. I so love how E. K. Johnston took all the epic’s tropes, then not so much subverted them as reinvented them in her own female-centric image.”—Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy

“Delicately wrought politics, women in all kinds of roles, and a queer love story. I absolutely loved The Afterward.“–Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of The Orange Tree

The Afterward features a band of lady knights, a lovely F/F romance, and a unique look at what happens after the heroes save the world. High fantasy lovers, you’ll love this.”—Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

“Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book.”—Shaun David Hutchinson, author of We Are the Ants

“The Afterward is a beautifully tender romance woven deftly into a compelling adventure. Or maybe it’s a commanding adventure braided neatly into an irresistible romance? Either way, E. K. Johnston has written yet another gorgeous, thoughtful book that I could have kept reading forever.”—Sarah Gailey, Hugo award winning author

“A dream come true for teens who love fantasy but never got to see queer representation in those traditionally cis-het-normative worlds. Pick this book up and let it take you on a wonderful, magical, queer adventure!”–ALA Rainbow List

“This is a tremendously accomplished novel. I admire it for its craft as well as loving it for what it made me feel. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Go and read it. Now.”—

★”Both the world-building and the LGBTQ romance are well done and appealing…. Delightful.”—SLJ, starred 

“A compelling fantasy world in which meticulously crafted female characters slip easily between chain mail and dresses.”—Kirkus Review

“[E]verything I’d been hoping and expecting from a queer novel.”—Hypable

“If there’s a Bechdel test for male representation, this book does not pass it.”—Rach H.,

“By the time I turned to the last page, I was basking in that warm, tingly glow of having spent worthwhile time with some great new friends.”—Forever Young Adult

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