Shadowboxer by Tricia Sullivan

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Press release
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As someone who has spent the best part of a decade writing and reporting on mixed martial arts, this latest from Rebellion has me intrigued.

The blurb sounds interesting and, if you wanted to give your protagonist a tough background, MMA fits the bill (I met my wife at a MMA gym and, lord knows, she is tough). Here’s hoping Tricia Sullivan’s YA novel lives up to the internet hype and does the sport proud…

Mixed martial arts, international crime, celebrity and mythical creatures combine in this masterful new tale of a young female fighter, from award-winning author Tricia Sullivan.

No-one messes with Jade Barrera. In the ring she’s a champion with an unbeaten takedown record, but Jade’s got a temper and one day it’s going to get her in trouble.

Following her disqualification for dirty tactics in the cage – and her run in with one of Hollywood’s hottest stars – Jade’s trainer, Mr B, is left with no choice: Jade needs to cool it down if she’s ever going to reach her full potential. Luckily Mr B’s got contacts, and soon Jade finds herself out of New Jersey and into a brutal new training camp in the heart of Thailand.

Mya is a young refugee, placed under the protection of the shadowy custodianship of Richard Fuller. But is Fuller’s benevolence all it seems, and why is he so interested in her link to the mythical forest of Himmapan?

As their lives collide, can Jade channel her rage and fight for her – and Mya’s – survival?

Shadowboxer is nuanced and evocative YA title with huge crossover appeal from hit author Tricia Sullivan, which seamlessly ties together the mythical and the contemporary to create a beautiful coming of age story for a new generation

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