Kendare Blake presents 'Champion of Fate'

In this epic duology starter, a girl is taken in by a group of female warriors who train her to shepherd a hero to victory—so long as she doesn’t get her heart broken in the process.


Third Place Books is delighted to welcome back local young adult author Kendare Blake to our Lake Forest Park store! Blake will be discussing her new novel, Champion of Fate. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Champion of Fate. . .

In this sweeping fantasy perfect for fans of Alexandra Bracken and Stephanie Garber, Kendare Blake introduces a new heroine: Reed, the Aristene-in-training. The Aristene are hero-makers. Time and again, the women who make up this fabled order champion fighters to win wars for the glory of their goddess.

After Reed was orphaned, the Aristene took her in. Now she’s an initiate, finally ready to take her place beside her sisters-in-arms. There’s just one task in Reed’s way: she must lead her first hero to a great victory. Succeed, and she’ll officially join the Aristene. Fail, and Reed will be cast out from the only home she’s ever known.

Nothing is going to stop Reed from joining the order. But her infuriatingly charming hero is nothing like she expected. When her feelings take her by surprise, Reed is faced with a decision: fulfill her destiny as an Aristene, or forge a new path to an unknown future.


Praise for Champion of Fate. . .

“Cements Kendare Blake as one of the best fantasy authors writing today.”
—Erin A. Craig, author of House of Salt and Sorrows

"Immersive from the very first moment—I would follow Kendare Blake into any world she creates."
—Amie Kaufman, author of The Isles of the Gods

“Enthralling. A fabulous series opener combining true thrills and deep relationships.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Kendare Blake is the author of the Three Dark Crowns series, the Anna Dressed in Blood duet, Buffy: the Next Generation and others. Her books have been #1 NYT bestsellers, YALSA Top Tens, Carnegie Medal nominees and Stoker Award finalists. They have been translated in more than twenty languages. Kendare likes food, she'll probably bring food to share at this event, so bring your sweet tooth. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, WA from under a pile of dogs and cats. 

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