Arnée Flores presents 'The Spirit Queen'

"Readers learn that humans make their own magic through hard work, determination, and resilience. A heartfelt adventure.”―Kirkus Reviews


Third Place Books welcomes local middle grade author Arnée Flores to our Ravenna store! Flores will be discussing The Spirit Queen, the next installment in the fantasy series begun by The Firebird Song. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of The Spirit Queen will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About The Spirit Queen. . .

Acclaimed author of The Firebird Song Arnée Flores continues the heart-warming fantasy series, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale.

The hope spread by the Firebird Song was supposed to change everything. Although nature has returned to balance, the Kingdom of Lyrica is still too traumatized by years of suffering to return to normal life. Worse yet, Princess Calliope has begun to hear sounds—horrible shrieks and cries from across the sea that keep her awake at night.

When Calliope’s friend Ilsbeth is kidnapped, Calliope and the Bargeboy, Prewitt, are sent on a secret quest to save her—a quest that traps Calliope on the Nymph Isles, a place of great darkness and ancient Spirit Magic. Calliope’s confidence as the new Queen of Lyrica was already faltering, but now, with her people once again in danger, can she learn to wield ancient magic and most of all, find the strength she needs to be the leader her people need?

The next installment of this sweeping, magical series will capture readers’ hearts and minds, and remind them that hope will always conquer darkness.


Praise for Arnée Flores. . .

“Finding strength from our stories and trauma—rather than silencing them—lies at the center of this journey. And although magic is important, readers learn that humans make their own magic through hard work, determination, and resilience. A heartfelt adventure.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Inviting young readers to journey into their own 'Age of Hope,' The Firebird Song shows how forgiveness and friendship offer light in even the darkest of times. A timely and beautiful tale.”
Christiane M. Andrews, author of Spindlefish and Stars on The Firebird Song

“A fast-paced, heart-squeezing adventure, perfect for fans of intricate fantasy worlds and memorable characters.”
Booklist, starred review, on The Firebird Song

“Finding hope, true friendship, and bravery lies at the hearts of their journeys. . . . A fantastical adventure full of hope.”
Kirkus Reviews, on The Firebird Song

Arnée Flores is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade fantasy The Firebird Song and its forthcoming sequel The Spirit Queen. She has presented on panels with ALA, Booklist, SLJ, and Disney. She is passionate about creating magical, uplifting stories for children during times of adversity. Flores lives in the Seattle area with her husband, daughter, and their small white dog, the Professor.

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