From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Seraphina comes a tour de force and an exquisite feminist fantasy.
"Astonishing and perfect." --NPR
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is. . . different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. So Tess's family decide the only path for her is a nunnery.
But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She's not running away,
she's running towards
something. What that something is, she doesn't know. Tess just sees the open road as a map to somewhere else--a life where she might belong.
Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in the award-winning, New York Times
bestselling novel Seraphina,
Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.
January 4, 2022
12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
RACHEL HARTMAN is the author of the acclaimed and New York Times
bestselling YA fantasy novel Seraphina,
which won the William C. Morris YA debut Award in 2013, the New York Times
bestselling sequel Shadow Scale
and Tess of the Road
. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time, she sings madrigals, walks her whippet in the rain, and is learning to fence. To learn more, please visit SeraphinaBooks.com or RachelHartmanBooks.com.
One of Paste Magazine’s 15 Best Fantasy Novels of 2018
PRAISE FOR Tess of the Road:
"This achingly real portrayal of a young woman whose self-loathing takes help to heal is a perceptive examination of rape culture rare in high fantasy. Not to be ignored, this is also a fascinating road trip adventure. Absolutely essential." --Starred Review, Booklist
"Like Tess' journey, surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"[A] rousing adventure set in a richly drawn world. . . . Newcomers to Hartman’s work will be every bit as enthralled as her fans with this companion novel to Seraphina
and Shadow Scale
." --Starred Review, Bulletin