Tucson Festival of Books

Dark Fantasy: Betrayal, Power, and Romance


Dark fantasy invites readers to enter worlds where betrayals by those in power are balanced with strong relationships and even romance. Marc Gregson's "Sky's End" involves a kill-or-be-killed competition, while Jasmine Skye's Daughter of the Bone Forest" mixes political betrayal with loyalty and love, and Amelie Wen Zhao immerses readers into Chinese mythology as teens fight demon gods in "Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White."


Panelists
Marc J. Gregson

Marc J. Gregson attended the University of Utah, where he graduated cum laude and received his Bachelor of Arts in English teaching. Gregson's pursuit of learning has led him into the classroom, where he teaches middle school English....

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Jasmine Skye

Jasmine Skye is a queer-romantic, grey-ace, bigender fantasy author. Growing up, Skye learned sword fighting, renaissance dancing and equestrian skills through the SCA, a medieval recreation society. In college, s/he studied Psychology, Anthropology (with a specialization in Native and Indigenous Studies) and Multidisciplinary Honors in Writing....

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Amélie Wen Zhao

Amélie Wen Zhao is The New York Times and internationally best-selling author of "Song of Silver, Flame Like Night," "Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White" and the "Blood Heir" trilogy. She grew up in Beijing, where she spent her days reenacting tales of legendary heroes, ancient kingdoms and lost magic at her grandmother's courtyard house....

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Books:
Sky's End
Marc J. Gregson
Children
Holiday House
January 2024
ISBN 9781682635766
416 pages
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Daughter of the Bone Forest
Jasmine Skye
Children
Feiwel & Friends
February 2024
ISBN 9781250872456
432 pages
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Song of Silver, Flame Like Night
Amélie Wen Zhao
Children
Random House Children's Books
January 2023
ISBN 9780593487501
480 pages
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Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White
Amélie Wen Zhao
Children
Random House Children's Books
January 2024
ISBN 9780593487549
368 pages