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AUTHOR BIO

Rebecca Coffindaffer (they/she) grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, fantastical movies and even more fantastical books. They waited a long time for their secret elemental powers to develop, and in the interim, they started writing stories about magic and politics, spaceships, far-off worlds, and people walking away from explosions in slow motion. These days they live in Kansas with their family, surrounded by a lot of books and a lot of tabletop games and one big fuzzy dog. They're the author of the YA space opera duology Crownchasers, out now from HarperTeen, and Thronebreakers, coming 10/12/21.

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Rebecca Coffindaffer (they/she) grew up on Star Wars, Star Trek, fantastical movies and even more fantastical books. These days they live in Kansas with their family, writing stories about magic and politics, spaceships, far-off worlds, and people walking away from explosions in slow motion.

 
 
CROWNCHASERS DETAILS
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  • Cover artist: Doaly; cover designer: Chris Kwon

  • Hardcover: 384 pages

  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 29, 2020)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0062845160

  • ISBN-13: 978-0062845160

BOOK SUMMARY

A deadly competition for the throne will determine more than just the fate of the empire in this riveting duology opener, perfect for fans of The Hunger GamesAurora Rising, and Three Dark Crowns.

Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship?

But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne.

Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.

THRONEBREAKERS DETAILS
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  • Cover artist: Doaly; cover designer: Chris Kwon

  • Hardcover: 400 pages

  • Publisher: HarperTeen (October 12, 2021)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0062845195

  • ISBN-13: 9780062845191

 
BOOK SUMMARY

Perfect for fans of Aurora Rising, The Hunger Games, and Three Dark Crowns, this electrifying duology closer is jam-packed with tension and thrills that will hook readers from its first page.

 

Alyssa Farshot never wanted to rule the empire. But to honor her uncle’s dying wish, she participated in the crownchase, a race across the empire’s 1,001 planets to find the royal seal and win the throne. Alyssa tried to help her friend, Coy, win the crownchase, but just as victory was within their grasp, Edgar Voles killed Coy—and claimed the seal for himself.

 

Broken-hearted over her friend’s death, Alyssa is hell-bent on revenge. But Edgar is well protected in the kingship. Alyssa will have to rally rivals, friends, and foes from across the empire to take him down and change the course of the galaxy.

PRAISE FOR CROWNCHASERS

“This story blasts off from the first page -- hang on for one hell of a ride!”

CLAUDIA GRAY, NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF DEFY THE STARS

AND BLOODLINES

Crownchasers is a sharp, smart, and exhilarating space adventure, filled with intrigue and romance, unique tech and all the cool alien worlds you could wish for!”

TESSA GRATTON, AUTHOR OF STRANGE GRACE AND THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR

 

“With stakes that are as personal as they are political, Coffindaffer delivers a fast-paced adventure that pulls no punches. Dynamic and explosive!” 

NATALIE C. PARKER, AUTHOR OF THE SEAFIRE TRILOGY 

 

“With a voice that punches you straight between the eyes, Crownchasers is a rip-roaring good time. Fun, fast, witty, and deep, this space opera takes classic tropes and puts them through an intergalactic spin cycle. A fresh take on the final frontier.”

SARAH HENNING, AUTHOR OF SEA WITCH AND SEA WITCH RISING

“Non-stop snark and clever repartee will keep readers laughing and gasping at the same time. This space opera hit [will appeal] to fans of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Aurora Rising and Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Packed with action, snark, and a competition to claim the rule of the empire, Crownchasers is a love letter to all that is good in science fiction.”

THE NERD DAILY

Crownchasers is just awesome! Exciting and thrilling with a kick-ass, headstrong, wild spirit heroine about to turn an entire universe on its head it will keep you hooked from the first to the final word. A true space opera, with cutthroat and deadly political games to claim the throne of emperor you won’t be able to stop reading or catch your breath until the end of this high-octane adventure!”

MARIELLE ORFF, BOOKSELLER, TOWNE BOOK CENTER AND WINE BAR (COLLEGEVILLE, PA)

Jump ahead to the year 4031, aboard the spaceship Vagabond Quick with the cheeky and fun explorer Alyssa Farshot. When her uncle, the Emperor, dies, she becomes a reluctant contender in a deadly competition for the throne, where the next ruler must find the royal seal hidden in the 1,001-planet empire. Crownchasers is a thrilling ride through space you don't want to miss!"

ALYSSA RAYMOND, COPPER DOG BOOKS (BEVERLY, MA)