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So Let Them Burn

by Kamilah Cole

Faron Vincent can channel the power of the gods. Five years ago, she used her divine magic to liberate her island from its enemies, the dragon-riding Langley Empire. But now, at seventeen, Faron is all powered up with no wars to fight. She’s a legend to her people and a nuisance to her neighbors.
When she’s forced to attend an international peace summit, Faron expects that she will perform tricks like a trained pet and then go home. She doesn’t expect her older sister, Elara, forming an unprecedented bond with an enemy dragon—or the gods claiming the only way to break that bond is to kill her sister.
As Faron’s desperation to find another solution takes her down a dark path, and Elara discovers the shocking secrets at the heart of the Langley Empire, both must make difficult choices that will shape each other’s lives, as well as the fate of their world.

“By turns hopeful and devastating, So Let Them Burn is a masterful debut with a blazing heart. I was captivated from beginning to end by Cole’s sharp, clever prose and by her protagonists—two remarkable sisters with an unforgettable bond.” — Chelsea Abdullah, author of The Stardust Thief.

About the Author

Kamilah Cole was a writer and entertainment editor at Bustle for four years, and her nonfiction work has also appeared in Marie Claire and Seventeen. A graduate of New York University, Kamilah lives on the East Coast, where she’s usually playing Kingdom Hearts for the hundredth time, quoting early SpongeBob SquarePants episodes, or crying her way through Zuko’s redemption arc in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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“This book was badass… if you liked fourth wing and want some sapphic (and demisexual!!) rep I’d highly recommend this one.”

–Spiri, @pluvioreads

“This book. . .truly the best fantasy novel I have ever read. Like, I’m not even joking, my life will no longer be the same after reading this masterpiece. I am beyond obsessed and my reading slump is cured.”

– Gabriel, Try Reading Podcast

“This is an absolute masterpiece… Every character is so well written – Elara, the older sister, who’s caught between her loyalty to her country and a need to define herself. Reeve’s sense of being unmoored from his homeland and unable to settle in San Irie. Finally, Faron. I felt for her so much. You can really tell how tired she is, and how lost she was throughout this book. It’s an incredible twist on the ‘chosen one’ trope.”

–Lucy, @lucy.is.reading

“I cannot express how deeply I loved this book, but let me try! …Not only was the plot phenomenal but the way Cole writes made me pause a number of times just to appreciate the way things were written. From the first line where we meet Faron, I was sold. Lovers of YA fantasy should absolutely be picking this book up ASAP and I will be sitting here impatiently for the second book as I work to convince everyone I know to read this (did I mention the dragons? I should mention the dragons 🐉).”

–Megan, @eclectically.reading

“With two sisters ready to burn it all down for each other, where could you go wrong? Within a few chapters I was fully invested in So Let Them Burn. Whether it be the swoony tension – also with a demisexual MC so yay! – or the political situation and secrets, I was fully in.”

–Lili, Utopia State of Mind

“We’ve got chosen one and destined one vibes, twists and turns galore, dragons and some serious action. What more could you want?”

–Nikki, @thebookishmindset

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