The Branded

Narrated by Leah Filley
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Book 1 of The Branded Season
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Pub Date 11 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 22 May 2024

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Description

An epic, high-concept speculative novel with explosive ideas around gender and class, served up with romance, conflict and quick-fire narrative pace.


In a world split in two, sisters Nara & Osha may have the power to bring it back together, if they can uncover the hidden truth…


Isfalk is divided into two classes – the Branded, who are vulnerable to disease, and the Pure, who are bigger, stronger and immune. Orphaned twins Nara and Osha are sequestered in the citadel, where their unbranded skin entitles them to a life of privilege, but as precious breeding stock.


Nara itches to escape her confines and return to the wilds of the Fornwood where she and her sister grew up, but when she is forced to run, she discovers there's much more at stake than her own life. The Branded are on the rise, and the girls are caught up in prophecies that foretell of a savior who can realign the world.


Forced to accept the help of a mysterious southern Brand known only as the Wrangler, Nara discovers the latent power lying dormant in her uncanny abilities that she's had since childhood. But in a world where women are traded as commodities, who can she trust in the lands beyond the Fornwood? And why does the Wrangler seem to know more about her life than she does?


Two sisters without a past hold the weight of the future in their hands.

An epic, high-concept speculative novel with explosive ideas around gender and class, served up with romance, conflict and quick-fire narrative pace.


In a world split in two, sisters Nara & Osha may...


A Note From the Publisher

Shortlisted for the Small Press Network Book of the Year Award

Shortlisted for the Small Press Network Book of the Year Award


Advance Praise

"A rich and thought-provoking tale. Riccioni explores a world of distorted matriarchal structure, where fertility is a commodity. I was biting my nails the entire time. A beautifully crafted high fantasy world with a heroine that speaks to my heart and sometimes breaks it."

- Stacey McEwan,author of Ledge

"An outstanding fantasy debut, evocative and thought-provoking. Jo Riccioni combines a poet's touch with the skill of a true storyteller, making The Branded a compelling read."

- Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters and Warrior Bards series.


"The Branded is a timely and passionate adventure, a story for today's women, for those who refuse to back down. With a vivid setting, and a tough and sassy female lead, Riccioni has tapped into the very pulse of the female empowerment movement."

- Bronwyn Eley, author of The Relic Trilogy

"A rich and thought-provoking tale. Riccioni explores a world of distorted matriarchal structure, where fertility is a commodity. I was biting my nails the entire time. A beautifully crafted high...


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