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Heroine Must Catch a Killer—Or Become His Next Target in New YA Fantasy


ST. PAUL, MN, June 7, 2021 – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the August 3, 2021 release of A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert. In the words of Kirkus Reviews, A Dragonbird in the Fern “[o]ffers dazzling settings and swoonworthy romantic moments, using Jiara’s emotional and literal journeys to hammer home the twin messages of acceptance and accommodation for different cultures, sexual orientations, and faiths.”

More about A Dragonbird in the Fern:

When an assassin kills Princess Jiara’s older sister Scilla, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the killer is brought to justice. The mourning period hasn’t even reached its end when Scilla’s betrothed, the king of a country far away, requests that seventeen-year-old Jiara take her sister’s place as his bride.

Marrying the man meant for her sister would make her feel bad enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Jiara believes her chances of learning a new language are slim. She’s terrified of life in a foreign land, where she’d be unable to communicate. Then Jiara discovers evidence that her sister’s assassin came from the king’s country. Marrying the king would allow Jiara to hunt the murderer and release her family from Scilla’s spirit, whose thirst for blood mounts every day.

To save her family, Jiara must find Scilla’s killer . . . before he murders her too.

ARCs of A Dragonbird in the Fern are available digitally on NetGalley and Edelweiss+ or by contacting

A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert

Ages 14-18 / ISBN 978-1-63583-065-1 / $9.99 paperback original / 392 pages / Publication date: August 3, 2021


About the author
Laura Rueckert is a card-carrying bookworm who manages projects by day. At night, fueled by European chocolate, she transforms into a writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy novels. Laura grew up in Michigan/USA, but a whirlwind romance after college brought her to Europe. Today, she lives in Germany with her husband, two kids, and one fluffy dog.

For more information contact Taylor Kohn: or 651-424-4626.


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