This is book number 2 in the Rebel Geniuses series.
In Warrior Genius, author Michael Dante DiMartino delivers rich settings, memorable characters, and edge-of-your-seat action, just as he did in his hit animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Fans will be thrilled with this new adventure!
For years, Supreme Creator Nerezza has used fear and violence to rule her empire, seeking to eradicate anyone with a Genius. Then, twelve-year-old Giacomo emerged from hiding and joined a young generation of fellow artists paired with Geniuses. Together, they began a rebellion against her.
Now, Giacomo has something Nerezza desperately wants—the Compass, one of three powerful objects known as the Sacred Tools. Possessing all three would allow Nerezza to spread her tyranny worldwide.
After a near-fatal showdown, Giacomo and his friends escape to the empire of Rachana, a society long feared for its mighty warriors and their horse-Geniuses. But a dark and ancient force threatens the horse-Geniuses with extinction, and Giacomo discovers he is the only one who can stop it.
With the help of his Genius and great friends, Giacomo struggles to keep the Sacred Tools from falling into the wrong hands and find a way to protect the Rachanan people—before Nerezza finds him.
“Fascinating and innovative . . . An action-packed denouement and a shocking cliffhanger make this sequel a must-have for collections.” —School Library Journal
“Noticeable similarities to Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle make for an enjoyable fantasy read.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Easy reading with a detailed magical system involving the arts and sacred geometry—an excellent spark to learning more about both in the real world.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Readers who enjoy detailed battles will demand this book.” —Booklist
Praise for Rebel Genius:
“Giacomo’s lush and intricate world does not disappoint . . . Give this one to fans of Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds.” —School Library Journal
“Inspired worldbuilding and nonstop action should hook readers, and they may find themselves spurred to try their own hands at creating.” —Kirkus Reviews
“DiMartino keeps it fresh with a richly imagined setting, a fast-paced story line, and numerous deftly sketched illustrations.” —Publishers Weekly
“Action and adventure galore, including narrow escapes, surprising twists, and stunning turns.” —Booklist
“Rebel Genius is a natural extension of Michael Dante DiMartino's work on Avatar: The Last Airbender: charming young heroes, magical creatures, an innovative magic system, and mysteries galore. There is so much to love about this book!” —Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of American Born Chinese
“DiMartino masterfully weaves a thrilling action-adventure epic into an imaginative and terrifying world.” —Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra
“DiMartino delivers a magical take on the power of art. With a cast that will charm you and an innovative new world to get lost in, Rebel Genius is a gift for fantasy lovers and a treasure for anyone who has ever tried to pick up a brush or a pen and make something new. A lively, thrilling spin on the struggle to create.” —Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows series
“Rebel Genius contains all of Mike DiMartino's hallmarks: an exquisite world dripping with magic and color, a cast of incredible, diverse characters, and artwork that will take your breath away. Get ready to fall in love.” —Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy and the Young Elites trilogy
“Rebel Genius is a mind-blowing new series, a passionate blend of adventure, mystery, and puzzle-solving that has no end to its imagination.” —Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil trilogy