It's publication week for Skate the Thief. Congratulations to author Jeff Ayers! We're so excited to release this wonderful book, our second YA fantasy that is sure to delight readers of all ages.
Need a bit more convincing to dive into the richly developed world of this book? Then read the "official teaser trailer" we've provided below!
Skate is a young thief out for a big score from an easy mark on behalf of a criminal organization known as the Ink. She finds herself in a predicament when a job goes wrong: Her mark turns out to be a skilled wizard named Barrison Belamy, and he now wants her to steal rare books for him. Her new employer is odd—he doesn’t seem to sleep or eat, he has strange views on ownership, and he appears impervious to harm.
In the meantime, Skate has to navigate the politics of gang membership. The head of her local thieves’ den, Boss Marshall, is under pressure from the Big Boss to increase revenues and expects a big payoff at the end of her new business opportunity. A lonely, gullible old wizard is the perfect potential target for theft. Failure to deliver on that expectation will have dangerous—even deadly—consequences for Marshall and Skate both.
As Skate’s burglaries become ever more dangerous, the mystery of her new employer becomes more and more insistent. Who is he? What does he really want? How much does he know about Skate and her unsavory connections? The girl pokes and prods to find out all she can, and finds magical trinkets and secrets she never intended to know. The lonely old man is much more than he seems.
The young thief’s snooping leads to a discovery of a sinister plot by a trio of street-performing brigands, a plan that could ruin the Ink’s standing in the criminal underworld of Caribol. The pressure mounts on Skate to steal what she can from Belamy. Can Skate keep her dual loyalties in balance and find the most valuable tomes in the city to keep her target happy—and can she bring herself to betray his trust when the time comes?
...Hooked yet? Grab a copy here to find out what happens!