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The Afterward

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
"I love this book so very much."—Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy

Romantic high fantasy from the bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and Exit, Pursued by a Bear.


It's been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium's king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought home the gem are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity don't come easily.

Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn't meant for heroism so early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she's earned, reputation doesn't pay her bills. Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.

Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar and thief, she lived hand to mouth on the streets until fortune--or fate--pulled her into Kalanthe's orbit. And now she's reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't much of a choice at all.

Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn't quite done with them and that new golden age isn't a sure thing yet.

In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"The Afterward features a band of lady knights, a lovely F/F romance, and a unique look at what happens after the heroes save the world. High fantasy lovers, you’ll love this." - Julie C Dao

"Absolutely delightful. The Afterward is a queer fantasy that evokes series like The Belgariad and The Mallorean but puts a modern twist on them. I adored everything about this book." - Shaun David Hutchinson

"I love this book so very much. It's an epic quest, with female knights and female camaraderie and companionship. I so love how Kate took all the epic's tropes, then not so much subverted them as she did reinvent them in her own female centric image." - Robin LaFevers


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Used availability for E K Johnston's The Afterward

Hardback Editions

February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Afterward
Author(s): E K Johnston
ISBN: 0-7352-3189-3 / 978-0-7352-3189-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Afterward
Author(s): E K Johnston
ISBN: 0-7352-3191-5 / 978-0-7352-3191-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Afterward
Author(s): E K Johnston
ISBN: 0-525-55610-9 / 978-0-525-55610-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Afterward
Author(s): E K Johnston
Publisher: Listening Library
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February 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Afterward
Author(s): E K Johnston
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Afterward
Author(s): E K Johnston
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA