SHINA REYNOLDS is the multi-award-winning author of A Light in the Sky, which won the Gold Medal for Teen Fiction in the 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. Shina resides in Texas and, when not writing, can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband and entertaining her mostly cuddly cat.
"As Aluma takes the reins, Reynolds conjures a high fantasy journey with plenty of romance, danger, and intrigue that's sure to delight—think The Hunger Games meets fantasy favorites but with an equestrian twist."
- Booklife Reviews
"Join brave Aluma and her winged horse Cashel as they navigate a beautiful and treacherous world in their quest to save it. A high-flying fantastic adventure!"
-Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of THE GUARDIAN HERD, RIDERS OF THE REALM, and LIES LIKE WILDFIRE.
"Utterly enchanting, absorbing, and imaginative. Reynolds has created a beautifully wild world with characters who will capture readers' hearts. A Light in the Sky is an absolute must-read."
- Codi Schneider, award-winning author of Cold Snap: A Viking Cat Mystery
"An outstanding novel, with a strong female protagonist, that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. A GOLD WINNER and highly recommended."
-Readers' Choice Book Awards
SHINA REYNOLDS is the multi-award-winning author of young adult fantasy novel, A Light in the Sky, which won the Gold Medal for Teen Fiction in the 2022 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating with honors in art history and with a minor in anthropology. Before writing her debut novel, A Light in the Sky, she worked in film, music, and modeling. Shina resides in Texas, where she spends the majority of the year trying to stay cool and imagining she lives in Ireland. When she’s not writing, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband and entertaining her mostly cuddly cat.
A LIGHT IN THE SKY
Book 1 of the Clashing Skies Series
November 9, 2021
Wink Road Press
November 9, 2021
Hardback, Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook
Available via all major retailers
Red Queen meets The Scorpio Races in a high-flying new fantasy series filled with passion, betrayal, and adventure from debut author Shina Reynolds.
Seventeen-year-old Aluma Banks has always dreamed of soaring freely through the skies astride a powerful winged steed of her own. But flying is a privilege granted only to the Riders of the king's Empyrean Cavalry, the aerial warriors who defend the borders of their land from the fallen kingdom of Laithlann.
Each year, Rider hopefuls across Eirelannia compete in the Autumn Tournament for the honor of joining the Cavalry. Aluma, trained to ride and fight by her retired Empyrean Rider father, knows she has what it takes to prove herself worthy-if only her father hadn't forbidden her from joining their ranks, in the hope of protecting his only daughter from the perils of war. To make matters worse, Thayer, Aluma's best friend who could be becoming something more, is competing-and if he wins, he'll leave her behind.
When Aluma's father is tragically injured just before the Tournament, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into this year's competition. But as Aluma begins to pursue her dreams, she learns devastating secrets about the king and his never-ending war with Laithlann. In her quest for the truth, Aluma discovers a power deep within herself that may be the only way to save Eirelannia and the people she loves from the darkness that threatens to consume them all.
2022 Gold Medal Winner in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for Teen Fiction
2022 Gold Medal Winner in the Readers' Choice Book Awards for Teen Fiction
2022 Gold Medal Winner in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards for Young Adult -Mythology/Fairy Tale
2022 Gold Medal Winner in the Best Book Awards for Fantasy Fiction
2022 Gold Medal Winner in the Best Book Awards for Young Adult Fiction
2022 Award Winner in the Young Adult category of the American Fiction Awards
2022 Runner-up in the Maxy Awards (Middle Grade - YA Winner)
2022 Finalist in the SPR Awards
2022 Award-Winning Finalist in the Fantasy: Epic/High Fantasy category of the American Fiction Awards
2022 Finalist in the DANTE ROSSETTI CIBA Awards for Young Adult Fiction
2021 Finalist in the IAN Book of the Year Awards (Fantasy)
2022 Readers' Favorite Five Stars