The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the finalists for the 2017 Locus Awards. The ten young adult finalists are Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott, Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh, Goldenhand by Garth Nix, Revenger by Alastair Reynolds, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, and The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman.
In Crooked Kingdom, Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
In Lois Lane: Double Down, Lois Lane’s friend collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois is embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.[ctt template=”8″ link=”7s7oe” via=”no” ]Crooked Kingdom, Truthwitch, This Savage Song – which YA novel do you want to win the Locus Awards?[/ctt]
Truthwitch follows a pair of best friends — Safi, a Truthwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch — who team up to save their world. Windwitch continues the tale begun in Truthwitch, with a focus on Merik–cunning privateer, prince, windwitch, and reader favorite.
In Poisoned Blade, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives. But then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos–the prince she still loves–is fighting.
In Burning Midnight, Sully, a sphere dealer, finds a Gold, a sphere no one’s ever seen before. All the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.
In Goldenhand, Lirael is now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting. Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
This Savage Song takes place in a broken world where violence breeds monsters. Kate Harker is the daughter of a crime boss, desperate to be a monster. August Flynn is a monster, the son of a man trying to save his city, and desperate to be human.
Revenger, The Girl Who Drank the Moon and The Evil Wizard Smallbone earned nominations from readers despite not technically being young adult novels. Due to their publishing imprints and the ages of their characters, Revenger is an adult novel and The Evil Wizard Smallbone and The Girl Who Drank the Moon are middle grade novels. In Revenger, Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune.
In The Girl Who Drank the Moon, baby Luna is meant to be a sacrifice for an evil witch (who isn’t quite that evil). Saved by the witch and accidentally infused with moonlight, Luna is more powerful than she imagines. When her magic begins to emerge it’s the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
In The Evil Wizard Smallbone, twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles into a bookstore. Ge meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won’t let him leave, but won’t teach him magic, either.
Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle from June 23 to 2017.