Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author

The Floating Islands

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

When Trei loses his family in a tragic disaster, he must search out distant relatives in a new land. The Floating Islands are unlike anything Trei has ever seen: stunning, majestic, and graced with kajurai, men who soar the skies with wings.

Trei is instantly sky-mad, and desperate to be a kajurai himself. The only one who fully understands his passion is é, his newfound cousin. Prickly, sarcastic, and gifted, Araené has a secret of her own … a dream a girl cannot attain.

Trei and Araené quickly become conspirators as they pursue their individual paths. But neither suspects that their lives will be deeply entwined, and that the fate of the Floating Islands will lie in their hands.

Book Details:

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

North American Print Edition

Publisher: Knopf/Bluefire (Random House) US
ISBN: 9780440240600
Format: Paperback
R.R.P.: US$9.99


ISBN: 9780375897825
R.R.P.: US$9.99

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Buying Info:

North American Print & Ebook

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Praise and Reviews:

• Selected as one of the ALA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults
• On the Amelia Bloomer 2012 List for recommended feminist literature
• A Junior Library Guild Selection
• A Kirkus Best-of-2011 selection

“Intelligent, richly detailed fantasy featuring two young cousins battered by losses, personal passions and larger events … The author delineates complex characters, geographies and societies alike with a dab hand, deftly weaves them all — along with dragons of several sorts, mouthwatering kitchen talk, flashes of humor and a late-blooming romance — into a suspenseful plot and delivers an outstanding tale that is self-contained but full of promise for sequels.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Complex and memorable characters, lush imagery, and a vividly constructed setting make this fantasy adventure soar.”
Publishers Weekly

The Floating Islands lacks for nothing. It has dragons in it – everyone’s favorite mythological creature – politics, and, best of all, two protagonists to get behind. I already know I’ll be re-reading this one, multiple times, in the future and I’m sure that each time, I’ll discover something new to love”.
– Keertana, Ivy Book Bindings

“From a storytelling perspective, Rachel Neumeier truly shines – just as in her adult work, the world and societies that the author has created with The Floating Islands is truly remarkable stuff. Absolutely recommended for young readers, old readers, and those that want an excapist, nostalgic traditional fantasy.”
– Thea, The Book Smugglers

“I recommend this one specifically to those who enjoy books with strange and magical schools where young teenagers find their place in the world.”
Charlott’e Library

“With an encompassing world, a tangible sense of magic and culture, and two likable leads, The Floating Islands is a light, fresh and engrossing YA fantasy novel … If you’re a fan of Alison Goodman, definitely check this one out.”

“Neumeier creates a vivid and unique world, which I would put on a level of some of my favorites like Sharon Shinn, Kristin Cashore and Shannon Hale … this is a good, exciting fantasy.”
– Kip, Guys Lit Wire

“…as a fantasy enthusiast, I loved The Floating Islands. It effortlessly presents to us a different and thoroughly imaged world, yet dumbs nothing down for readers. The ending is satisfying and yet hints at the possibility of a sequel, which I would most happily welcome. Definitely a book I want to reread and that I’ll be recommending to lovers of high fantasy!”
Steph Su Reads

The Floating Islands, is a fantastic combination of inventive fantasy lore and the much more real-world problem of pending international battle … I would definitely recommend this new book to any and all fantasy lovers.”
– Kathryn Mueller, Skipping Along

The Floating Islands had a lot going for it. Compulsively readable, intensely unique, and well-written, it’s going to easily stand out for fans of fantasy. Fans of Neumeier’s previous novels will enjoy it and new fans will find it a promising entrance into the vivid imagination of a prolific and talented author.”
– Jessie, Ageless Pages Reviews

More Books in Rachel Neumeier’s Black Dog series:

Black Dog (Strange Chemistry, April 2014)
Pure Magic (Anara Publishing, May 2015)
Black Dog Short Stories (Anara Publishing, April 2015)
Shadow Twin (Anara Publishing, 2018)

More Young Adult Books by Rachel Neumeier:

The City In The Lake (Knopf, June 2008)
The Keeper of the Mist (Knopf, April 2016)

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22 Comments The Floating Islands

  1. Rachel

    Someday! There really will!

    Random House decided they wanted standalones from me instead of sequels, which is ooookay, I guess, but *I* want a sequel to The Floating Islands, so I guarantee there will indeed be one. But it may be a few years.

    And thanks for asking!

  2. Landon C.

    I literally just finished your book and you totally left us hanging towards the end there, like what will the Toulunese do next?!! I would LOVE a sequel!

  3. Rachel

    Landon, I’m glad you’d like a sequel, because there WILL be one — eventually! But I’m not sure when, because Random House decided they wanted standalones for the next couple of my books for them.

    I do absolutely guarantee a sequel *sometime*, though. Maybe a third book, too, but that I don’t promise.

  4. Gabriella

    I just finished the book and went straight online to see if there’s a second one! Please write one soon I LOVED it so much!

  5. Rachel

    Thank you so much, Gabriella! *Some* day there will definitely be a second book and maybe a third, but Random House wanted single books rather than sequels from me for right now. So unfortunately it might be several years yet efore the second book actually appears on shelves. It’ll pick up practically where the first book left off, though, and feature the same characters, and I sure hope that everyone who loved the first book will keep an eye out for it.

  6. Garret fry

    Is there any feedback in particular you want from readers such as myself for the “someday” sequel? I’d love to provide ideas and help build the story surrounding the floating islands and I feel that much of the community of readers would be enthusiastic to help you create what has been one of my favorite books. I read a lot and this book really took me by surprise with how much I loved it! Please email me or let me know if I can help in any way. Thank you so much for the creation of such a fantastic book.

  7. Rachel

    The people who fly are called kajuraihi, singular kajurai. Kajurai culture just means the specific culture of those people who are trained to fly; it’s like saying “military culture” or something like that.

  8. Rachel

    Very pleased you loved it; a sequel will appear eventually, but alas, probably not *very* soon.

  9. Brandon

    Loved the book! Needs a sequel! I will be watching for one! I don’t exactly know how I found this book, but I’m glad I did. For people who haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out…. Also, it would be awesome if someone with a gift for art/drawing (unlike me) could make drawings about some of the events in the book, that would be amazing.

  10. Rachel

    Thank you, Brandon! A sequel is sitting right here, so eventually it will be released. ButI would like Random House to be the one to bring it out rather than doing it myself, so I really cannot say when that might happen. But I’m happy to know that people would like to read a sequel!

  11. Megan M

    I need you to know that I’ve read this book so many times, and I still love it. I’ve been keeping a weather eye out for a sequel, when one happens. I also need to get my hands on that short story but that’s much easier to do.

  12. Rachel

    Thank you, Megan. I will ask my agent (again) about getting rights back to the first book.

  13. Dez

    I wish you the best of luck on getting the right back for the floating islands. Deeply saddened people are playing with the rights to it I loved it so much ! One of the best books I’ve finished in 10 years!

  14. Rachel

    Thank you, Dez! I truly hope I’ll be able to pry the rights back eventually and then bring out at least one sequel.

  15. David T

    Hello! Just checking in 5 (WOW!!) years later to tell you I’m re-reading this book & STILL hoping for a sequel!

    Can’t believe it’s already been 5 years since my first comment!! Time Flies…

  16. Elaine T

    David, there is a sequel, Sphere of the Winds and it’s very good, and I really need to post a review on Amazon.

  17. Rachel

    Hi, David — glad you checked in! As Elaine says, the sequel IS out; I released it in February. Here’s the Amazon page, but I released it wide, so you should be able to find it on any platform you prefer.

    I hope you enjoy it!

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