The Sunbearer Trials

Aiden Thomas

Book - 2022

Transgender demigod Teo is unexpectedly selected for the Sunbearer Trials, a fierce competition among demigod heroes where the winner sacrifices the loser to Sol, their blood fueling the Sun Stones that protect Reino del Sol.

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Series
Sunbearer duology ; book 1
Subjects
Genres
Transgender fiction
Fantasy fiction
Young adult fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Feiwel and Friends 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Maps on endpapers.
Physical Description
405 pages : map ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 13-18.
Grades 10-12.
ISBN
9781250822130
1250822130
9781250887719
1250887712
Main Author
Aiden Thomas (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This duology opener follows 17-year-old Teo, the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds. As a semidios of godly lineage, Teo lives in a world of strong, talented peers; but when it's time for the Sunbearer Trials, which pit teen semidioses against one another in a series of challenges, he doubts he'll be picked to represent the Jade group. Thomas captures Teo's bright and likable personality—as well as his penchant for working with feathered friends—in this story inspired by Mexican mythology and lore, as readers follow his journey from lesser-known semidios to candidate for the Trials, in which he goes head-to-head with the child of the god of bad luck. As the Trials grow more and more intense, Teo must compete for his life among friends and rivals, for while whoever wins the competition will be highly revered, the loser will be sacrificed to the sun god. Thomas unravels a plot that is as riveting as it is terrifying, as the secrets behind the five Trials are unearthed and Teo teams up with the other semidioses to save the world they all know and love, regardless of class difference. Fans of the Hunger Games and mythology will revel in this energetic, well-wrought adventure. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Intensely perilous competition and an innovative mythos permeate this thrilling duology opener by Thomas (Lost in the Never Woods). At the dawn of creation, the god Sol, "alone in the universe," created godly children: the "powerful but vain" Golds; "kind but focused" Jades; "passionate but selfish" Obsidians; and the mortals, whom Sol loved most of all. The Obsidians were eventually locked away for their crimes against the gods and mortals, and kept at bay by Sun Stones, which were formed from Sol's body. Now, every decade, the Sunbearer Trials are held to find a champion to relight the stones while the loser is sacrificed to fuel them. Golds have participated in the trial almost exclusively, until now: two trans boys, 17-year-old Teo, son of the Jade goddess of birds, is chosen alongside 13-year-old Xio, son of the Jade god of bad luck. Since Teo lacks the training that his fearsome Gold competitors receive, he must work with Xio and his one Gold friend to ensure they don't lose. Thomas's queernormative world and distinctly drawn cast deliver an upbeat fantasy teeming with captivating worldbuilding, earnest friendships, and electrifying adventure. Characters are described as having brown skin of varying tones. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary. (Sept.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Transgender demigod Teo is unexpectedly selected for the Sunbearer Trials, a fierce competition among demigod heroes where the winner sacrifices the loser to Sol, their blood fueling the Sun Stones that protect Reino del Sol.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Chosen to participate in The Sunbearer Trials, where the loser is sacrificed to refuel the Sun Stones, Teo, the 17-year-old trans son of the goddess of birds, must compete against more powerful and better trained opponents for fame, glory and his own survival. 100,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys.“Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. I’m just a Jade. I’m not a real hero.”As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the chaotic Obsidian gods at bay. Sol selects ten of the most worthy semidioses to compete in the Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all—they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body melted down to refuel the Sun Stones, protecting the world for another ten years.Teo, a seventeen-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of the goddess of birds, isn't worried about the Trials . . . at least, not for himself. His best friend, Niya is a Gold semidiós and a shoo-in for the Trials, and while he trusts her abilities, the odds of becoming the sacrifice is one-in-ten.But then, for the first time in over a century, the impossible happens. Sol chooses not one, but two Jade competitors. Teo, and Xio, the thirteen-year-old child of the god of bad luck. Now they must compete in five trials against Gold opponents who are more powerful and better trained. Worst of all, Teo’s annoyingly handsome ex-best friend and famous semidiós Hero, Aurelio is favored to win. Teo is determined to get himself and his friends through the trials unscathed—for fame, glory, and their own survival.