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Cameron Battle and the Legend of Chidani

Bloomsbury, Winter 2022

Cameron Battle was just lounging around the house with his two best friends, Aliyah and Zion, when demons tried to take over his world. Growing up, he read The Book of Chidani, a book detailing the fantasy African country of Chidani and its storied history, passed down through the generations of his family. After Cameron’s mother and father died from an apparent car crash, the Book was the only thing he had to remember them by.

 

The night the demons attack, his best friends make him go to the attic where his grandma keeps the Book. When he reads the inscription on it, the barrier between his world and Chidani opens, pulling the three into a thrilling and terrifying adventure of riding gryphons, battling the Igbo gods, and fighting demon spirits to save both worlds. When they enter Chidani, a goddess tells Cameron that only he and the Queen are able to open the barrier; he is supposedly the Descendant of the Book, the one with the power to close the barrier for good, powers inherited from his mother.

 

Queen Ramala tells him and his friends that the gateway is breaking down because her sister, the Princess Amina, stole the three gifts from the gods that made her Queen: the crown of wisdom and knowledge, the scepter of thunder and lightning, and the ring of immortality. Given to Ramala on her coronation, only she and Cameron can stop Princess Amina from opening the portal for good, sending the demon spirits to conquer both worlds, and becoming Queen.

 

Armed with this knowledge, Cameron must travel through Chidani with Aliyah and Zion to find the three gifts, understand his new powers as Descendant of the Book, understand what really happened to his mother and father, and figure out his feelings for Zion.

Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury has bought Jamar J. Perry's debut novel, tentatively titled Cameron Battle and the Legend of the Chidani. The middle grade fantasy adventure story, inspired by West African and Igbo mythology, stars a Black boy who discovers magic in a book passed through his family over generations and realizes it may be up to him and his friends to bridge the barrier between worlds to save a hidden kingdom. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.

 
 

The Blood Curse

(forthcoming/in revisions, Adult Epic Fantasy)

The empire of Ikeja was once ruled by a powerful vampyre Ashai, Queen Themi, for a thousand years after the Fall, a cataclysmic event that enslaved the once mighty witches, the enigmatic Fae that served the previous Queen, and the humans. Now, her descendant, Princess Nayima, after falling in love with a Fae, witnesses her father perform a raid on the magical population to ensure the fanged ones’ continued supremacy for thousands of years to come.

 

Under the threatening hand and the watchful eyes of the fanged ones, Omari lives in the peasant witch town of Davedi, ignoring the call to become a powerful Blood witch because of the death of his father. He cannot shirk his duty when an injured asiman, the bastard vampyre race created by the Ashai, and his witch lover comes to town to buy a spell. He learns that the asiman has been afflicted with a Blood curse, one of the most ruthless spells a Blood witch can cast. With encouragement from his mother, he helps the asiman by casting a powerful spell to counteract the effects of the Blood curse. As soon as he does, the local Ashai ruler destroys his home, kidnaps him to the capital city to serve the Queen mother, and he and his Fae lover, Ikechi, are separated.

 

THE BLOOD CURSE, complete at 106,000 words, the first in a trilogy, a story inspired by Yoruba vampire legends, told in alternating points of view, is an Adult/Crossover West African inspired Fantasy novel that will appeal to fans of THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty, SABRIEL by Garth Nix, and AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor.

The Prince Contract

(forthcoming/in revisions, Adult Romantic Comedy)

Tyriq Howell is a struggling Black male graduate student attending university in the Washington, D.C. area. His financial aid for the semester is not enough to live on, so he decides to apply for a grant to pay his bills. His request is denied, leaving him with no other options but to lean on his twin brother and his best friend for support. He bumps into Desmond Rutherford on his way out of the student affairs building, splattering him with rain water. 

 

Desmond Rutherford, the dashing Black prince of Catalina, undercover and shirking his responsibilities to the throne, enrolls in the university to escape the orders of his mother and father. When he can no longer hide from his family’s order to marry, he offers a million dollar contract to Tyriq after bumping into him: “pretend to date me for a year, cause an international scandal, don’t tell anyone about our deal, and you can keep the money.” 

 

While fake dating the handsome, but infuriating Prince Desmond, Tyriq realizes he bit off more than he can chew with this arrangement, and finds out he may indeed find love along the way.