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The Rising

Jo Riccioni



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Pantera Press
03 October 2023
Series: Branded
The explosive conclusion to the Branded Season duology: two sisters harness their powers and fight for their lives, their loves and their freedom.

Nara and her twin sister, Osha, have escaped the brutal clutches of the Citadel and Wastelanders and have arrived in the Shadow City of Reis.

In the Shadow City, power plays are rife and rumours abound of a Pure healer with the ability to cure the Branded. New allies emerge alongside familiar faces as the city churns with this long-awaited prophecy that many would kill to see come true – and all eyes are on Osha. Nara must protect her sister; their powers are growing stronger, and it’s vital they learn to wield them.

Before long Nara is caught between her first love and the one who’s stolen her heart but betrayed her trust. Surrounded by lies and deception she is left uncertain who she truly is and what she can believe. Dark forces are taking control across the continent, and the Branded must rise to survive.

An outstanding fantasy debut, evocative and thought-provoking. Jo Riccioni combines a poet’s touch with the skill of a true storyteller, making The Branded a compelling read.’ Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters and Warrior Bards series.

The Branded is a timely and passionate adventure, a story for today’s women, for those who refuse to back down. With a vivid setting, and a tough and sassy female lead, Riccioni has tapped into the very pulse of the female empowerment movement.’ Bronwyn Eley, author of The Relic Trilogy.
Imprint:   Pantera Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9780645498578
ISBN 10:   0645498572
Series:   Branded
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jo Riccioni graduated with a Masters in Medieval Literature from Leeds University, where her studies included Icelandic saga and the Arthurian and Robin Hood legends. Her short stories have won awards in the UK and Australia and have been anthologised in Best Australian Stories. Jo’s first novel, The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store, won the International Rubery Award for fiction and was long-listed for the New Angle Prize in the UK. The Branded is the first book in her epic fantasy duology. The Rising will be published in 2023.

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