The last fallen star
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents, Disney Hyperion
Release Date: May 4, 2021
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim's thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family.
"Graci Kim does such an amazing job of blending Korean mythology into the modern world, I am now wondering how I ever lived without knowing all this cool information."--New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan
Inspired by Korean culture and mythology
Unique, wholly original magic system
Presents an intriguing mystery
Loving sister relationship
Many surprising twists, including a big reveal at the end
Set in contemporary LA
Authentic narrative voice
Book 1 of 3
Optioned by the Disney Channel for live action television
Includes an introduction by Rick Riordan
Perfect for middle graders, but older readers will enjoy it, too
Riley Oh can't wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister, Hattie, will earn her Gi bracelet and finally be able to cast spells without adult supervision. Although Riley is desperate to follow in her sister's footsteps when she herself turns thirteen, she's a saram--a person without magic. Riley was adopted, and despite having memorized every healing spell she's ever heard, she often feels like the odd one out in her family and the gifted community.
Then Hattie gets an idea: what if the two of them could cast a spell that would allow Riley to share Hattie's magic? Their sleuthing reveals a promising incantation in the family's old spell book, and the sisters decide to perform it at Hattie's initiation ceremony. If it works, no one will ever treat Riley as an outsider again. It's a perfect plan!
Until it isn't. When the sisters attempt to violate the laws of the Godrealm, Hattie's life ends up hanging in the balance, and to save her Riley has to fulfill an impossible task: find the last fallen star. But what even is the star, and how can she find it?
As Riley embarks on her search, she finds herself meeting fantastic creatures and collaborating with her worst enemies. And when she uncovers secrets that challenge everything she has been taught to believe, Riley must decide what it means to be a witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong.
Graci Kim is a Korean-Kiwi diplomat turned author who writes magic-infused MG books for magic-infused readers. She grew up not seeing herself in her most treasured books, and has since committed herself to writing Korean-x (Korean diaspora) characters onto the page. The Last Fallen Star is her debut novel.
In a previous life, Graci was a diplomat for the NZ foreign service, a cooking show host, and once ran a business that turned children’s drawings into plushies.
When she's not lost in her imagination, she's drinking flat whites, eating ramyeon, and most likely hugging a dog (or ideally, many). She lives in New Zealand with her husband and daughter.