Beneath the Burning Wave (Paperback)
"One of the most unique books you'll read this year" Buzzfeed
"A strikingly different trilogy opener" Kirkus Reviews
Kaori and Kairi are the first twins to survive infancy on the ancient island of Mu, where gender is as fluid as the crashing waves. One was born of fire, the other of water.
But there's a reason why none have survived before. A prophecy that has haunted the elders since time began. A rivalry destined to sink the entire island beneath a twin catastrophe of volcano and tsunami.
As hatred spills from the forbidden twins like the deadly poison of sacrificed sea snakes, they must decide what matters to them most...
The fight for the island - for tradition and duty.
Or the fight for freedom - for love and light.
The Mu Chronicles is a visionary YA fantasy trilogy exploring the origin of gender and desire in an epic queer fusion of Japanese folklore and Egyptian mythology.What readers are saying:
"An interesting and original debut which left me begging for more" Caleb, NetGalley reader review
"An ambitious take on an epic YA fantasy series exploring gender fluidity ... a political commentary ... If you're looking for an atypical YA read, this might be the one for you" Clara, NetGalley reader review
"This is a really unique YA fantasy novel. I just loved what it was trying to do. Whilst it might not be for everyone I do think it's worth a go for the unique style ... there's a certain beauty to the story and the way it's constructed" Gabrielle, NetGalley reader review
"This storyline was very interesting and flowed nicely, I will definitely recommend reading this book " Michelle, NetGalley reader review
"The use of neopronouns is lovely to see and was not at all hard to process" Luca, NetGalley reader review
"I really enjoyed the twins story ... both fascinating characters I was willing to find their own strength and courage in such a world" Wendy, NetGalley reader review
About the Author
Jennifer Hayashi Danns, author of The Mu Chronicles, is a Scouse writer who spent a decade in Fukuoka, Japan teaching English, raising her very genki children and finding time to explore active volcanoes and iridescent caves. She is an alumna of Faber Academy online and has published short stories and poems in various anthologies.Jennifer loves Siamese cats, pistachio ice cream and David Bowie's goblin king in Labyrinth.