Seven Deadly Shadows

by Courtney Alameda and Valynne Maetani
January 2020 – HarperTeen (US)

A fantastical take on Seven Samurai set in modern-day Japan, blending Japanese folklore, action, and romance.

Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess. But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power: one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.

Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.

With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.

Expertly researched and ecstatically imagined.

Courtney Alameda is a writer, veteran bookseller, and librarian. Her debut novel Shutter was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and hailed as a “standout in the genre” by School Library Journal. She has also written the YA novel Pitch Dark, as well as several short stories. She holds a degree in English literature with an emphasis on creative writing. A northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, legion of books, and tiny five-pound cat with a giant personality. Learn more about her at

Valynne E. Maetani is a writer and active member of We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel Ink and Ashes is the winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award; a Junior Library Guild Selection; a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015, received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was an Asian-Pacific Library Association nominee. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Penn, and now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her online at