I’m so delighted to announce my next novel-length project: BRAVELY, a YA sequel to Disney’s BRAVE, set several years after the film.
Here’s the official summary:
What if you had one year to save everything you loved?
ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday, love.
TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish the realm – and everyone within. Only the intervention of the Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope: convince her family to change within the year – or suffer the eternal consequences.
THREE VOYAGES. Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all – herself?
FOUR SEASONS TO SAVE DUNBROCH – OR SEE IT DESTROYED, FOREVER.
Those of you who know my college and musical background can probably well imagine my attraction to this project. Disney gave me plenty of room to roam, which meant I was able to conjure all the ancient deities and youthful harpers and impossible bargains a Stiefvater could hope for.
It was so satisfying to work on this standalone novel in the midst of the intricate work of finishing the Dreamer Trilogy, and although it was very odd to work on this in absolute secrecy, there is something satisfying about being able to say TA-DA! HERE’S A BOOK! and have a release date that’s not too far off in the future.
Like my other books, you can also pre-order a signed, personalized hardcover copy from One More Page and get an exclusive bookplate with my art (reveal of that to come later!).