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.


“Sci-fi fans will gobble this one up and be waiting impatiently for the next.” —Kelly Jo Lasher, School Library Journal on The Year of Lightning

“Exciting plot, smart characters, and engaging prose: Dalton's writing jolts straight to your heart." —Ellie Ann, New York Times bestseller on The Year of Lightning

“A rousing mix of science and fantasy that will thrill young and old alike! Dalton blends wit and emotion and adventure seamlessly in a tale that keeps your pulse pounding.” —Ryne Douglas Pearson, screenwriter of Knowing (with Nicholas Cage), and Simple Simon (which became the Bruce Willis movie Mercury Rising) on The Year of Lightning

“With cheeky winks to classic time travel and a mind-bending central mystery, The Year of Lightning moves at a pace that lives up to its title and will keep your pulse pounding to the last page.” —Karen Akins, author of the LOOP series on The Year of Lightning

“Every page of The Year of Lightning is non-stop adventure that’s, oddly enough, completely believable. When I read that this is a ‘YA Time-travel adventure’ I thought maybe it would be okay, but really it’s not like that; it’s completely amazing. And it’s funny. Snarky and teenage romantic. This is the first book I’ve plopped down in front of my son and says must read . . . and he didn’t put it down. When can we have another?” —Hott Books on The Year of Lightning

“. . . mindblowingly mindblowing” —Maryam Dinsly, on The Year of Lightning

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