A new fantasy-adventure series from the co-creator of the hit animated shows Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra!
In twelve-year-old Giacomo’s Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist’s creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he’s in serious trouble.
Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools–objects that would allow him to destroy the world and everyone in his path―Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.
You can read the first 5 chapters for free here.
“Giacomo’s lush and intricate world does not disappoint . . . Give this one to fans of Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds.” ―School Library Journal
“Inspired worldbuilding and nonstop action should hook readers, and they may find themselves spurred to try their own hands at creating.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“DiMartino keeps it fresh with a richly imagined setting, a fast-paced story line, and numerous deftly sketched illustrations.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Action and adventure galore, including narrow escapes, surprising twists, and stunning turns.” ―Booklist
“Rebel Genius is a natural extension of Michael Dante DiMartino’s work on Avatar: The Last Airbender: charming young heroes, magical creatures, an innovative magic system, and mysteries galore. There is so much to love about this book!” ―Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of American Born Chinese
“DiMartino masterfully weaves a thrilling action-adventure epic into an imaginative and terrifying world.” ―Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra
“DiMartino delivers a magical take on the power of art. With a cast that will charm you and an innovative new world to get lost in, Rebel Genius is a gift for fantasy lovers and a treasure for anyone who has ever tried to pick up a brush or a pen and make something new. A lively, thrilling spin on the struggle to create.” ―Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows series
“Rebel Genius contains all of Mike DiMartino’s hallmarks: an exquisite world dripping with magic and color, a cast of incredible, diverse characters, and artwork that will take your breath away. Get ready to fall in love.” ―Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy and the Young Elites trilogy
“Rebel Genius is a mind-blowing new series, a passionate blend of adventure, mystery, and puzzle-solving that has no end to its imagination.” ―Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil trilogy