Rick Riordan Presents

Summary

Rick Riordan Presents is a book imprint of Disney-Hyperion (Disney Publishing Worldwide) that was launched in 2018 and is led by Stephanie Owens Lurie. The line publishes books that utilize the mythology of various cultures and countries in its storytelling akin to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians. The first book published under the imprint, Aru Shah and the End of Time, was released on March 23, 2018.

Rick Riordan Presents
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Parent companyDisney-Hyperion
Founded2016; 6 years ago (2016)
Country of originUnited States
Key peopleRick Riordan
Stephanie Owens Lurie
Publication typesBooks
Official websiterickriordan.com/rick-riordan-presents/

HistoryEdit

American author Rick Riordan was approached by Disney about creating an imprint but was initially unable to focus on the request. He later responded to Disney stating that he wanted to launch an imprint that would "find, nurture, and promote the best storytellers for middle grade readers" and "focus on diverse, mythology-based fiction by new, emerging, and under-represented authors".[1] Books released through the imprint would be edited by Riordan and have a short introduction written by him.[2] Prior to the announcement of the imprint in September 2016, Riordan was frequently approached by readers and fans of his mythology based series, asking when he would write novels based on other mythologies.[1]

Riordan's editor Stephanie Owens Lurie noted that he did not have enough time to write novels on every mythology and that "he feels that, in some instances, the books his readers are asking for him to write are really someone else’s story to tell".[1][3] Since then the imprint releases approximately four books a year.[4] The novels and the imprint have received praise for its diverse representation.[5]

Pandava QuintetEdit

The Pandava Quintet, written by Roshani Chokshi, is a five-book series centering around Hindu mythology. It follows Aru Shah, the reincarnated form of the Pandava Arjuna and the birth daughter of the Sleeper, who also serves as the main antagonist of the book. Over time, Aru must find the other four Pandavas and defeat the Sleeper, while having many adventures and encountering Hindu deities. In September 2017, Lurie and Riordan announced that the first novel in the imprint would be Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi and that it would release in March 2018. The first book in the Pandava Quintet, Aru Shah and the End of Time, was released on March 23, 2018 as the first book in the "Rick Riordan Presents" imprint.[6] Aru Shah and the Song of Death, book two in the series, was published on April 30, 2019. Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes was released one year later on April 7, 2020. The fourth book in the Pandava Quintet and the fifteenth overall published by Disney Hyperion in the imprint, Aru Shah and the City of Gold was released on April 6, 2021.

The cover of Aru Shah and the City of Gold was revealed on Rick Riordan's website in June 2020.[7] A fifth and final book, Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality, is set to be published on April 5, 2022. Chokshi will also release a short story centering around the characters introduced in her novels in the "Rick Riordan Presents" anthology The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities along with eight other writers and Riordan himself. In addition, an upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Aru Shah and the End of Time is planned. To be released on March 2, 2022, it will be illustrated by Anu Chouhan and adapted by Joe Caramunga. Entertainment Weekly likened the series to Riordan's Percy Jackson series and the Sailor Moon franchise.[6]

Storm Runner and Shadow Bruja seriesEdit

The Storm Runner series is written by J. C. Cervantes and center around Aztec and Mayan mythology. It follows Zane Obispo, a young boy who walks with a cane because of a debilitating limp. Zane discovers through Brooks, a new acquaintance, that he is the child of Hurakan, a Mayan god. The trilogy began with the second book in the whole imprint, The Storm Runner, which was released on September 18, 2018.[8] The second book, entitled The Fire Keeper was released on September 3, 2019 and a third and final installment in the trilogy, The Shadow Crosser, was published on September 1, 2020. The series will be followed by a sequel duology, also written by Cervantes, called the Shadow Bruja series. The duology will consist of two novels, both of which focus on Ren Santiago, a character introduced in The Fire Keeper. The first book in the duology will be The Lords of Night.

Thousand Worlds seriesEdit

The Thousand Worlds series is written by Yoon Ha Lee and is a mix of science fiction and Korean mythology. The series follows Kim Min, a fox spirit on the planet Jinju whose brother, Jun, was a space cadet. When Jun disappears, Min sneaks away to find him. The first book in the series and the third in the imprint over all, Dragon Pearl, was released on January 15, 2019.[8] Tiger Honor, the second book in the series, was initially announced on Lee's website,[9] with more information included on a ReadRiordan article published on May 19, 2021.[10] On May 21, ReadRiordan released an article with the cooper

er and title.[11] In addition, the second book, though existing within the same continuity of Dragon Pearl, will focus on a different character than Min. Tiger Honor will be released on January 4, 2022.

Speaking to the large "departure" in the genre difference in Dragon Pearl as opposed to the other series in the imprints, Lee said he drew on sources such as Folk Tales from Korea by Zong In-Sob, Hong-Key Yoon's The Culture of Fengshui in Korea, and Religions of Korea in Practice by Robert Buswell Jr. for inspiration.[12] There is a possibility of a third book.[10]

Sal & Gabi seriesEdit

The Sal & Gabi series is a series of novels written by Carlos Hernandez. The series focuses on Cuban mythology, and in it, Sal Vidon is a young magician attending Culeco Academy. After his mother died, though, Sal developed the ability to reach into different dimensions, and he and new friend Gabi Real have an adventure that spans multiple universes in order to save Gabi's dying baby brother, Iggy. The first book in the duology and the fourth overall in the "Rick Riordan Presents" imprint is entitled Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, and it was published by Hernandez on March 5, 2019. The second and final novel, titled Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe and published on May 5, 2020, sees an alternate-universe version of Gabi, who Sal dubs "FixGabi" coming to prevent Sal's father's machine from destroying the universe as it did hers.

Tristan Strong seriesEdit

The Tristan Strong series is a trilogy of novels written by Kwame Mbalia and published by Disney Hyperion from 2019 to 2021. The series, which is all about African-American and West African mythology, follows the character Tristan Strong. After the tragic and sudden death of his best friend Eddie, Tristan goes to stay at his grandparents' farm for the Summer. One night, a mysterious doll-like creature steals Eddie's notebook, the only thing Tristan has left of his friend, so Tristan follows the doll into a world of deities and mythological creatures. The first book in the series, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, was released on October 15, 2019.[13] According to Mbaliia, Tristan Strong deals with grief and loss in Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, both personal and cultural.[14] The second book in the trilogy, Tristan Strong Destroys the World was released almost a year later on October 6, 2020.[15] A third and final installment in the series, Tristan Strong Keeps Punching, is set for publication on October 5, 2021. Illustrated by Olivia Stephens, the graphic novel adaptation of the first book is set for release on May 10, 2022.[16]

Paola Santiago seriesEdit

The Paola Santiago series, written by Tehlor Kay Mejia, will consist of three books, though only two are currently published. The series follows Paola Santiago, a space-obsessed nerd whose friend disappears after walking by a forbidden river. Paola, along with her other friend Dante, must venture there to find her, and meet the Niños de la Luz, a group of children past who have gone missing. The first book, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, was released on August 4, 2020.[15] A sequel, Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares, has come out on August 3, 2021.[17] A planned third installment in the trilogy, Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows, is set for release sometime in August 2022.[18]

The Gifted ClansEdit

The Gifted Clan is a trilogy of novels written by Graci Kim. The first book, The Last Fallen Star was released on May 4, 2021. Two sequels are planned; The Last Fallen Moon is to be published sometime in 2022, likely in May like the previous book. A final installment in the trilogy, The Last Fallen Realm, will be released in 2023.

Standalone novelsEdit

Race to the SunEdit

Race to the Sun is a novel written by Rebecca Roanhorse and was published on January 14, 2020. The book follows Nizhoni Begay, who has the self-proclaimed power of detecting monsters, as she adventures with her brother, Mac, and her best friend, Davery Descheny, through a series of trials to the House of the Sun to find her father, who was taken by the mysterious Mr. Charles.[13] A short story written by Roanhorse about Nizhoni will be featured in the upcoming short story anthology book, The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities. The cover art was revealed in February 2019 to have been by Dale Ray DeForest.[19]

City of the Plague GodEdit

City of the Plague God is a novel written by Sarwat Chadda and published on January 5, 2021. It follows young Sikander "Sik" Aziz, who must stop the Mesopotamian god of plagues and sickness before he takes over Manhattan and turns it into a diseased wasteland. Sik must work with his friend from school, Belet, who is the adopted daughter of a goddess.[15]

The Cursed CarnivalEdit

A short story anthology, called The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories about Mythic Heroes was announced in 2021. It will consist of 10 short stories written by "Rick Riordan Presents" authors Roshani Chokshi, J. C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, and Graci Kim, in addition to Riordan himself. The stories will be about their respective characters.[20] In January 2021, Rick Riordan announced that his story would be about Irish mythology and would be titled, "My Life as a Child Outlaw".[20] In March 2021, Kwame Mbalia announced that his story, entitled "The Gum Baby Files" would be about the titilar character in the Tristan Strong series. In addition, J. C. Cervantes' story will be entitled "The Cave of Doom". Mbalia also released an image of the first page of his story and of the cover of the book.[21] The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories about Mythic Heroes will be released on September 28, 2021.

Chronological release listEdit

Title Author Release date Series Pgs Mythology Citation Notes
Released
Aru Shah and the End of Time Roshani Chokshi March 23, 2018 Pandava Quintet 368 Hindu [8] Nominated for a Nebula Award.[22]
The Storm Runner J. C. Cervantes September 18, 2018 Storm Runner series 448 Maya [8]
Dragon Pearl Yoon Ha Lee January 15, 2019 Thousand Worlds series 320 Korean [8]
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe Carlos Hernandez March 5, 2019 Sal and Gabi series 400 Cuban [13]
Aru Shah and the Song of Death Roshani Chokshi April 16, 2019 Pandava Quintet 304 Hindu [23]
The Fire Keeper J. C. Cervantes September 3, 2019 Storm Runner series 432 Maya, Aztec [13]
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Kwame Mbalia October 15, 2019 Tristan Strong series 496 African-American [13] To be adapted into a graphic novel.[16]
Race to the Sun Rebecca Roanhorse January 14, 2020 None 298 Navajo [13]
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes Roshani Chokshi April 7, 2020 Pandava Quintet 400 Hindu [15]
Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe Carlos Hernandez May 5, 2020 Sal and Gabi series 432 Cuban [15]
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears Tehlor Kay Mejia August 4, 2020 Paola Santiago series 360 Mexican [15]
The Shadow Crosser J. C. Cervantes September 1, 2020 Storm Runner series 432 Maya [15]
Tristan Strong Destroys the World Kwame Mbalia October 6, 2020 Tristan Strong series 400 African-American [15]
City of the Plague God Sarwat Chadda January 5, 2021 None 400 Mesopotamian [15]
Aru Shah and the City of Gold Roshani Chokshi April 6, 2021 Pandava Quintet 376 Hindu [24]
The Last Fallen Star Graci Kim May 4, 2021 The Gifted Clans 336 Korean [25]
Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares Tehlor Kay Mejia August 3, 2021 Paola Santiago series Mexican [17]
Pahua and the Soul Stealer Lori M. Lee September 7, 2021 None Hmong [26]
The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities Various[27] September 28, 2021 None Various[27] [28] Anthology containing 10 stories.[20]
Tristan Strong Keeps Punching Kwame Mbalia October 5, 2021 Tristan Strong series African-American [29]
Tiger Honor Yoon Ha Lee January 4, 2022 Thousand Worlds series Korean [30]
Upcoming
Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality Roshani Chokshi April 5, 2022 Pandava Quintet Hindu
Ballad & Dagger Daniel José Older May 3, 2022 Outlaw Saints Santería
Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows Tehlor Kay Mejia August 2022 Paola Santiago series Mexican [18]
The Lords of Night J. C. Cervantes September 2022 Shadow Bruja series Aztec [31]
Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting Roseanne A. Brown 2022 Serwa Boateng series Ghanaian
The Last Fallen Moon Graci Kim 2022 The Gifted Clans Korean [32]
Winston Chu Versus the Whimsies Stacey Lee 2022 Winston Chu duology Chinese [33]
Untitled Shadow Bruja sequel J. C. Cervantes 2023 The Shadow Bruja series Aztec
The Last Fallen Realm Graci Kim 2023 The Gifted Clans Korean [34]
Untitled Serwa Boateng sequel Roseanne A. Brown 2023 Serwa Boateng series Ghanaian
Moko Magic Tracey Baptiste 2023 Moko Magic Caribbean
Untitled Winston Chu sequel Stacey Lee 2023 Winston Chu duology Chinese [33]
Untitled Moko Magic sequel Tracey Baptiste 2024 Moko Magic Caribbean
Untitled Outlaw Saints sequel Daniel José Older TBA Outlaw Saints Santería

Graphic novel adaptationsEdit

Title Author Adapted by Illustrated by Release date Pgs Mythology Citation
Upcoming
Aru Shah and the End of Time Roshani Chokshi Joe Caramugna Anu Chouhan March 2, 2022 128 Hindu [35]
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Kwame Mbalia Robert Venditti Olivia Stephens May 10, 2022 128 African-American [16]

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