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In The Shadow of the Throne

Illustrated by Gaia Cardinali / Letterer Micah Myers
Published by Maverick
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

Jordan is visiting a museum while on a family vaction, when suddenly he is dropped into the middle of a fantasy world that he never could have imagined.

When his younger siblings and parents begin to irritate him on vacation, Jordan tries to get some space. But instead of wandering around the museum, he finds himself dropped in a fantasy world of magic where he can finally have some fun and train to become a knight. Except Prince Astel and Sir Griffith are about to uncover a sinister secret kept hidden by the queen that’ll thrust Jordan in the middle of a magical battle he never could have anticipated. Join writer Kate Sheridan (Flash Gordon, Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake) and artist Gaia Cardinali (Disney Mulan’s Adventure Journal: The Palace of Secrets) on Jordan’s epic fantasy adventure that’ll test how much he really wants to get home.

About The Author

Kate Sheridan is a nonbinary comic creator from Philadelphia. Their work has been published by BOOM! Studios, Abrams, and others, as well featured in various anthologies. They love all things fantasy and folklore, tabletop RPGs, and birds.

About The Illustrator

Born in 1992 in Ancona, Italy, Gaia Cardinali graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Bologna with a concentration in Comics & Illustration in 2015. She published her first graphic novel Viktoria with Italian publisher Tunué, which won her the Romic’s 2018 Best New Talent Award and Treviso Comic Book Festival’s 2018 Best Comics for Young Adults Award. She’s also worked on properties like Disney’s Mulan with Dark Horse. Her next graphic novel La Leonessa di Dordona releases April 2021 from Tunué.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Maverick (October 25, 2022)
  • Length: 168 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781952303258
  • Grades: 9 - 12
  • Ages: 12 - 17

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Raves and Reviews

"The queer romance offers a sweet, slow burn that relies on blushes, introspective conversations, and adorable moments. The artwork is attractive and atmospheric, with clean, uncluttered lines."


"Cardinali’s artwork is captivating throughout the story, but especially when showing readers details like magical energy, spilled blood, and that drooling monster. For fans of magical adventures with hints of LGBTQIA+ ­romance."

– Andrea Lipinski, School Library Journal

"Cardinali’s vibrant color palettes, bombastic depictions of magic, and clean and crisp lines elevate Sheridan’s breezy summer debut."

Publishers Weekly

"Cardinali really captured this magical, fantasy world, especially in her full-page splashes with imaginative settings and beautiful magic-casting sequences."

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