An action-packed YA fantasy about a secret, underground magic fighting tournament.
If the magic doesn't kill her, the truth just might.
Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the teahouse that has been in her family for centuries.
When Aza comes across a secret invitation, she decides she doesn't have much else to lose. She quickly realizes that she's entered herself into an underground casting tournament, and the stakes couldn't be higher. Real magic, real consequences.
As Aza's dangerous web of lies continues to grow, she is caught between trying to find a way out and trapping herself permanently.
ELSIE CHAPMAN was born and raised in western Canada and a graduate of the University of a British Columbia with a degree in English literature. Elsie currently lives in Tokyo with her family. She writes books for kids and teens. Visit her online at www.elsiechapman.com.
Praise for Caster
* "Chapman has created compelling young adult novels before, but this is a cut above; the fully realized and atmospheric dystopia is crafted at a level not seen often. This stunning fantasy will fly off the shelves." -- Booklist, starred review
"A dark and, at times, vicious and violent story of will and questionable honor." -- Kirkus Reviews