Beginning on February 2nd, 2022, you can pick up A Spark Within the Forge: An Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel, which springs from New York Times Bestselling novels by Sabaa Tahir, at your local comic shop… but today, you can get your first look at the upcoming graphic novel from Tahir, writer Nicole Andelfinger, artist Sonia Liao, colorist Kieran Quigley, and letterer Mike Fiorentino.

A Spark Within the Forge

The first prose novel in the series, An Ember in the Ashes, was published by Penguin Random House in April 2015. The second book, A Torch Against the Night, was published in 2017, with A Reaper at the Gates following in 2018, and the fourth and final volume, A Sky Beyond the Storm, published in December 2020.

The graphic novel will be the second graphic novel in a trilogy of books that serve as a prequel for the prose novels. The first, A Thief Among the Trees, was published by BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia in July 2020.

Here’s the description of A Spark Within the Forge from the press release:

Before they were torn asunder, Laia lived happily and quietly with her Nan, Pop, and brother Darin within the Scholar district of Martial-ruled Serra. Although Laia is afraid to venture outside her home due to the heavy Martial presence, Darin loves to explore all parts of their home city… even those that are forbidden.

A chance encounter with famed swordsmith Spiro Teluman, who sees in Darin a talent for forging weapons, leads him down a path that pulls him away from his family but towards hope for his people. Meanwhile, Laia is forced to take her brother’s place accompanying Pop to combat a dangerous illness spreading quickly through Serra. When Laia discovers a surprising cure, will she brave exposure and the heavily-patrolled streets so she can save the city and someone she loves?

Arriving 2/2/22

You can get your first look at A Spark Within the Forge below this article, which feature ink assistance by Annette Fanzhu and colors by Quigley with Micaela Tangorra.

Have you read the first volume in the trilogy from Archaia? How about Tahir’s prose novels? Will you be picking up A Spark Within the Forge when it arrives in February?

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