The Afterward

The Afterward

eBook - 2019
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"I love this book so very much."--Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy

Romantic high fantasy from the bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and Exit, Pursued by a Bear.

It's been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium's king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought home the gem are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity don't come easily.

Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn't meant for heroism so early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she's earned, reputation doesn't pay her bills. Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.

Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar and thief, she lived hand to mouth on the streets until fortune--or fate--pulled her into Kalanthe's orbit. And now she's reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't much of a choice at all.

Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn't quite done with them and that new golden age isn't a sure thing yet.

In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780735231900
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 16, 2019

​This is, first of all, a genius idea for a book. Have the big, heroic quest – and then show us what comes after! And prior to reading, I would have said that E.K. Johnston was the perfect author to do it! Now, I am slightly less certain. I should state as a disclaimer that I did like this a fair bit, it's just that the combination of author + premise gave me such unreasonably high expectations that this just couldn't quite meet. I think that if the book had been set entirely in the "after" I would have loved it; it was the alternating flashbacks to the "before", the quest that made these characters famous, that I felt slowed the pacing and robbed me of a bit of my emotional investment in the story. Having said that, there was so much to like here, including the way that Johnston took the tropes of epic fantasy and turned them around to suit the world she’s created and her female-centric story. This is so diverse and inclusive – the diversity goes beyond skin color and includes lesbian, asexual, and trans characters – and so thoughtful, and I think the only real issue is the pacing.

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