It’s The Last Fallen Star day here at Read Riordan, so we’re celebrating the on-sale date of Graci Kim’s debut with a spotlight on the book’s hero.
Introducing Riley Oh
Life isn’t easy when your entire family is part of a long line of powerful Korean healing witches and you’re just . . . you know, not. That’s the story of adoptee Riley Oh’s life as a saram (read: ordinary human). But don’t worry, this 12-year-old has a foolproof plan that will finally allow her to join the Gom clan.
All right, maybe you should worry a little.
Saram Life Sucks
Riley feels like the odd one out in her family. Unlike her parents and sister, she isn’t descended from the Cave Bear Goddess and she can’t cast any spells. To make matters worse, she has to attend Saturday School with kids from the four other gifted clans. Talk about being an outcast . . . Are we sure this girl is the main character?
Riley’s eomma and appa run a clinic in Los Angeles where they heal patients with magic spells while Riley works behind the reception desk. It has taken years of practice for the Ohs to become as proficient as they are in healing, but at least they never had to be saddled with medical school loans.
Hattie’s thirteenth birthday is just days away, which means it’s almost time for her initiation exam as a healing witch in front of the entire gifted clan congregation. While Riley and Hattie are as close as two sisters can be, Riley can’t help but feel envious and long for a ceremony of her own. Especially because she’s totally the type of person who studies for tests she doesn’t even have to take.
Fortunately, Riley and Hattie have concocted a secret way to bypass the ancient laws of the gifted community in order to induct Riley into the Gom clan once and for all. If you have to ask “what could go wrong?” clearly you’re not an overlooked 12-year-old girl who desperately needs to prove to the world that she’s meant for so much more.
If you’re looking for an answer to that question, though, it’s a lot. Like, a lot could go wrong. Seriously, you have no idea.
Learn more about Riley and the gifted clans by picking up a copy of The Last Fallen Star, on sale now.