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Publisher's Summary

In this blockbuster fantasy series, perfect for fans of Kingdom of the Wicked and Iron Widow, fate binds two Black teenagers together as they journey into a magical jungle to hunt down a vicious monster.

“Rich in magic and mythos, Beasts of Prey is a feast for all the senses.” (Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Beautiful)

An Instant New York Times and Indie Best Seller

There’s no such thing as magic in the broken city of Lkossa, especially for 16-year-old Koffi, who indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, knows the fearsome creatures in her care and paying off her family's debts to secure their eventual freedom can be her only focus. But the night those she loves are gravely threatened by the Zoo’s cruel master, Koffi unleashes a power she doesn’t fully understand, upending her life completely.

As the second son of a decorated hero, Ekon is all but destined to become a Son of the Six - an elite warrior - and uphold a family legacy. But on the night of his final rite of passage, Ekon encounters not only the Shetani - a vicious monster that has plagued the city for nearly a century and stalks his nightmares - but Koffi who seems to have the power to ward off the beast. Koffi’s power ultimately saves Ekon, but his choice to let her flee dooms his hopes of becoming a warrior

Desperate to redeem himself, Ekon vows to hunt the Shetani and end its reign of terror, but he can’t do it alone. Koffi and Ekon form a tentative alliance and together enter the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild, frightening magic and untold dangers. The hunt begins. But it quickly becomes unclear whether they are the hunters or the hunted.

“The hunt for your next YA fantasy book trilogy obsession has ended.” (Entertainment Weekly)

©2021 Ayana Gray (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

An Instant New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Bestseller
A 2022 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
A 2022 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
A 2021 Kirkus Best Book
A 2021 New York Public Library Best Book Pick
A 2021 Chicago Public Library Best Book Pick
A 2021 Tor.com Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Best Book Pick
A 2021 Parade Best YA Book Pick
A 2021 Black Caucus American Library Association Best of the Best Booklist Pick
An Apple Best Book of the Month Pick – October 2021
An Amazon Best Book of the Month – October 2021
An Indie Next Pick

Rich and powerful.” —O, The Oprah Magazine 

"The hunt for your next YA fantasy book trilogy obsession has ended.\" —Entertainment Weekly

“A propulsive mystery mixed with a moving coming-of-age tale and a touch of romance, Beasts of Prey asks: When we go into the jungle, who will we be when we come out?” —The New York Times Book Review

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overal good story.

Really didn't enjoy the pronunciation of one of the female voices head=had dat=debt etc.

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The story was great. But I was not happy with some of the the narration.

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Best read I've had in a long time

Fresh and exciting story. Good characters intelligently imagined, great story pace. Fantastic story line.

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Such a beautiful story!

I love this book and cannot wait for the next one. I was on the edge of my seat and I had to slow myself down!

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Fun YA story

I am well outside the targeted age but I greatly enjoyed the story and believe it is ideal for teens who love YA fantasy series

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Book 2 please

Well written and well imagined. Definitely will be waiting for a part two, a sequel and or prequel!

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I enjoyed the world building in the story. I want more of it in the second book.

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Wow!

I just finished this great book and WOW! I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. I only wish the author's note was in the audio as it is in the physical book. So many people will miss the great information included there if they only have access to the audio.

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Everything I Wanted and Needed

We've all seen anticipated reads flop or disappoint. Have no fear of that with Beasts of Prey. Between Koffi, Ekon, and Adiah, we get a story that addresses loss, repression, childhood trauma, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and acceptance.
I so appreciate that BOP is not only the hardness of life. It's softness. It's excitement. It's exploration. Adventure. Faith. Discovery.
Koffi and Ekon are a hilarious enemies to lover and Adiah gives a STRONG redemption arc. Gray invites questions on monstrosity, history, and blind allegiance in such a natural and careful way that you'll be talking about this book for days after.
-I will say that I didn’t like the voice actor for Adiah AT ALL but if you can get past her parts (way less than Koffi and Ekon), you're good.-
Otherwise, with as many plot twists and secrets as there are fantastical monsters, BOP will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't be scared. Let the hunt begin!

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Magical! ✨

From the very beginning of this novel, you can tell that this is something special. As you continue to read, you’re pulled deeper into this beautiful world Ayana Gray created. Nothing short of amazing, can not wait for the next installment.

Congratulations Ayana. Job well done!

- Malcom Lane