Maverick, the young adult imprint of independent publisher Mad Cave Studios, has announced the latest addition to their line of YA graphic novels. In The Shadow of the Throne comes from the creative team of writer Kate Sheridan, artist Gaia Cardinali, letterer Micah Myers, and editor Michael Moccio. The fantasy adventure follows a teenager who is transported to another world.

Here’s how Mad Cave describes In The Shadow of the Throne:

When his younger siblings and parents begin to irritate him on vacation, Jordan tries to get some space. But instead of wandering around the museum, he finds himself dropped in a fantasy world of magic where he can finally have some fun and train to become a knight. Except Prince Astel and Sir Griffith are about to uncover a sinister secret kept hidden by the Queen that’ll thrust Jordan in the middle of a magical battle he never could have anticipated.

Jordan Rivera needs some time to destress while on a family vacation. When he wanders off in a museum looking for just that, he finds himself much farther away from his group than he planned to be. In the Shadow of the Throne will take readers to a foreign land along with Jordan where anything is possible.

In the Shadow of the Throne is the first work from Mad Cave Studios for both Kate Sheridan and Gaia Cardinali, and the writer and artist’s first collaboration. Sheridan is a cartoonist who has done work for publishers like BOOM! and Abrams Books, while Cardinali has illustrated books for Dark Horse and Markosia.

In a statement accompanying the announcement, Sheridan and Cardinali both expressed their enthusiasm at telling the story of In the Shadow of the Throne:

“As a queer kid who had dreamed of running away to a fantasy world and finding drama, danger, magic, and romance, In the Shadow of the Throne has a special place in my heart!” said writer, Kate Sheridan (They/She). “I wanted to tell the kind of story that I wanted when I was that age, and I hope it resonates with teens today. I’m truly blown away by how Gaia has brought our story to life, and so grateful to her, Mike, and the Mad Cave team for making this book with me and giving it a home.”

“In the Shadow of the Throne is a graphic novel I would have dreamed of reading when I was a teenager and now I can say I was part of the team that created it,” said artist Gaia Cardinali (She/Her). “I loved drawing Astiel and Jordan and loved seeing them grow. I grew as well thanks to their adventure. It has been wonderful getting to walk with them in that world full of hope and magic. A big thank you to Kate, Mike and the Mad Cave team who made all of this possible.”

Check out some preview pages from the graphic novel below. You can also read the full first chapter of the book right now on Mad Cave’s website. Look for the 176-page softcover graphic novel In the Shadow of the Throne to arrive in stores on Tuesday, August 30th.


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