A. C. Gaughen is the author of the Elementae series and of
Scarlet, Lady Thief, and Lion Heart. She serves as
the Director of Girls' Leadership for the non-profit Boston GLOW,
creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the
Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St.
Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from
"Gaughen weaves big concepts into the action-filled story. . . . Powerful young women who have hope and agency to change the world: What could be more timely?" --Kirkus Reviews"Aspasia is a bold, complex heroine. . . . A deliciously satisfying romance of mutual support and dedication to hope, joy, and art as essential components of resistance." --BCCB"Gaughen once again delivers vivid, complex characters, immersive worldbuilding, and a thrilling plot." --Booklist"A fast-paced story full of magical power, seafaring bravery, and tender romance." --School Library Journal"A series opener with depth. . . . Gaughen delivers an emotionally resonant tale full of magic so powerful it can move the earth; rich writing and worldbuilding will appeal to readers seeking complex characters, palace intrigue, and weighty questions of power and loyalty." --Starred review, Publishers Weekly on REIGN THE EARTH"A tale of staggering magic, cutthroat royalty, and lethal intrigue. . . . Gaughen weaves a compelling feminist fantasy. Shalia is a refreshingly strong heroine with a voice that leaps off the page. Her story will both break readers' hearts and urge them onward, anxious to know how Shalia grapples with her destiny." --Booklist on REIGN THE EARTH"A manifesto of female strength. . . . The readers who flock to this will find more than they expected, and Shalia's strength will give them something truly worth swooning over." --Kirkus Reviews on REIGN THE EARTH"Another fantasy romance in the vein of books by Sabaa Tahir, Renee Ahdieh, and Sarah Maas, this volume will have teens clamoring for a sequel. Shaila matures from a frightened girl in a foreign land to a woman unwilling to allow her destiny or desires to be controlled by the men around her." --School Library Journal on REIGN THE EARTH"The intense action scenes and Shalia's strong narrative voice keep the reader on edge and engaged." --School Library Connection on REIGN THE EARTH"Shalia's story unfolds slowly, smoldering before it rages into an enormous fire. It builds in a powerful way, drawing the reader into a larger plot than they ever expected. . . . Reign the Earth is sure to inspire a dedicated fan base eager for the next tale." --Foreword Reviews on REIGN THE EARTH"With a clever, strong-willed heroine, a downright terrifying villain, and complex relationships that leap off the page, Reign the Earth is the feminist fantasy I didn't know I needed. I will be thinking about Shalia's strength and fearlessness (and swooning over the slow-burn romance) as I anxiously await book two!" --Erin Bowman, author of VENGEANCE ROAD on REIGN THE EARTH