Deconstructing the Chosen One: Lucha of the Night Forest by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Release Date: March 21, 2023
Publisher: Make Me a World
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult


An edge-of-your-seat fantasy about a girl who will do anything to protect her sister–even if it means striking a dangerous bargain. Dark forces, forgotten magic, and a heart-stopping queer romance make this young adult novel a must-read.

A scorned god.
A mysterious acolyte.
A forgetting drug.
A dangerous forest.

One girl caught between the freedom she always wanted and a sister she can’t bear to leave behind.

Under the cover of the Night Forest, will Lucha be able to step into her own power…or will she be consumed by it?

This gorgeous and fast-paced fantasy novel from acclaimed author Tehlor Kay Mejia is brimming with adventure, peril, romance, and family bonds–and asks what it means for a teen girl to become fully herself.

Their latest novel is heavy (even more intense than the pretty intense We Set the Dark on Fire series). Content warnings for death, murder, drug addiction, child abuse, implied sexual assault, child abandonment, and, um, fungus consuming people alive. The world of Robado is one of violence and suffering. You either exploit others or are exploited. Lucha may only be 16 when the novel opens—and her sister Lis even younger—but she’s lived a lifetime already. Lucha lost her father, watched her mother waste away, and couldn’t protect her sister from being thrown to the metaphorical wolves. She was locked up in solitary and starved to near death. She has nothing. No, that’s not quite right. She has hope…

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