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WILLOW announces debut novel Black Shield Maiden

09 February 2022, 11:40 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

WILLOW has shared news of her debut novel co-written with Jess Hendel, Black Shield Maiden.

Black Shield Maiden will be WILLOW's first novel, and is, according to a press release, the "first book in a new fantasy series".

WILLOW revealed via Instagram that she's been working on the book for over four years with co-writer Jess Hendel.

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A press release states that Black Shield Maiden is the story of Yafeu, a "young warrior who is stolen from her home in the flourishing Ghanaian Empire and thrust into the world of the Vikings."

WILLOW said of the book, "I’m so grateful to bring the story of Black Shield Maiden to the world. At their core, the issues we're facing now are the same issues we've faced time and again throughout our history. That's why we create new narratives, from different perspectives and even look back into history for deep wisdom that can inspire & help us evolve. My hope is that this story will do that for readers."

WILLOW's debut novel Black Shield Maiden will arrive 4 October via Del Rey Books, and is available to pre-order now.
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