The Black Tempest

Juvenile Fiction

Fantasy / Time Travel

Available: April 25, 2017 | ISBN 9781631631061 | paperback | 448 pages | 5.5 in. x 8.25 in. | World (translation, audiobook, media rights) | $14.99 US (trade paperback), $14.99 US (e-book)
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The Black Tempest


by Ryan Dalton

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It’s been six months since teenage twins Malcom and Valentine saved the world, and they would really like to get back to their normal lives, thanks. However, just as they’re getting a handle on their strange new powers, an ancient evil rears its head and threatens Time itself.

It’s summer in Emmett’s Bluff, and the ice is spreading. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or, they’ve tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the twins. Time calls to them, and it’s growing too strong to be ignored.

When warriors from a mysterious ancient kingdom appear, they bring warnings of an unstoppable foe—one whose control of the ice is powered by Time itself. But ice is far more than the Black Tempest’s signature. As the twins uncover the truth behind it, they realize their town is only the beginning. If the Black Tempest is not stopped here, his corruption will threaten the very course of history.

As cold advances and doom draws near, the twins’ only hope lies in learning to wield Time itself, and in trusting their strange new friends—even if those friends have secrets of their own.


“A must-purchase for collections where science fiction is in demand.” —School Library Journal

“The book's down-to-earth teenagers, bonded by adventure, will have readers rooting for the allies to prevail.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is an easy sell for adventure fans.” —VOYA

“I appreciated the realistic reactions all the characters had to their situations. It added depth and made the book so much better. ... This book is great for anyone who loves reading adventure.” —Walking on Bookshelves

“It has all the elements that made Year of Lightning a page turner—mystery, time travel and danger. … Black Tempest takes it to the next level … by introducing two new characters who bring an otherworldly and fantasy element to the mix.” —Shannon Jelle,

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