A lush, enchanting standalone fantasy inspired by medieval Spain about a family of famous Dragonadores—matador-like figures who fight dragons for entertainment.
TOGETHER WE BURN
by Isabel Ibañez
Wednesday Books, May 2022
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)
Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see him fight in their arena, La Giralda. And one day La Giralda will be hers to run. During their five hundredth anniversary show, the family’s dragons mysteriously break free from their pens, causing death and destruction in the ring, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured. Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to take her father’s place as the Dragonador of La Giralda. Seeking the help of Arturo Diaz de Montserrat, an infuriatingly handsome former Dragonador with his own secrets, she trains for the role of her life.
But someone is out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to stay one step ahead of them in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.
Ibañez offers a beautifully built world and swiftly paced adventure with exactly the right amount of danger, heroics, sparkling dialogue, and romance. TOGETHER WE BURN is perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas, Shelby Mahurin, and Zoraida Cordova.
Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in Creative Writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books.