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Cover art reveal and pre-order links: LATCHKEY by Nicole Kornher-Stace • Mythic Delirium Books

Cover art reveal and pre-order links: LATCHKEY by Nicole Kornher-Stace

March 12th, 2018 1 Comment

Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace, the first novel to be released by Mythic Delirium Books, will be on sale everywhere on July 10, 2018.


by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Scheduled for release July 10, 2018

ISBN 978-0-9889124-8-9 | $17.95 | 336 pages | For Ages 14-18


Available for pre-order (so far) at the following links:


Paperback: Barnes & Noble (at an incredible 29% discount off the cover price!)
Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR


Ebook: Nook | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Weightless
Amazon Kindle pre-orders forthcoming in April


You can also pre-order directly through Mythic Delirium Books.


Mythic Delirium Books is proud to present Nicole Kornher-Stace’s breathtaking new novel Latchkey, sequel to the widely acclaimed, genre-blending Archivist Wasp, an Andre Norton Award finalist that was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Teen Books of 2015.

Our gorgeous, dynamic cover art was created by illustrator Jacquelin de Leon (jacquelindeleon.com), the artist who painted the image used for Archivist Wasp, based on a design suggested by the author.

What’s Latchkey about?

Isabel, once known as Wasp, has become leader of the fearsome upstarts, the teen girl acolytes who are adjusting to a new way of life after the overthrow of the sadistic Catchkeep-priest. They live in an uneasy alliance with the town of Sweetwater—an alliance that will be tested to its limits by the dual threats of ruthless raiders from the Waste and a deadly force from the Before-time that awaits in long-hidden tunnels.

Years ago Isabel befriended a nameless ghost, a supersoldier from the Before-time with incredible powers even after death, and their adventure together in the underworld gave her the strength and knowledge to change the brutal existence of the Catchkeep acolytes for the better. To save Sweetwater, Isabel will have to unlock the secrets of the twisted experimental program from centuries gone by that created the supersoldier and killed his friends: the Latchkey Project.

Advance praise for Latchkey

“Fierce, blazing, brilliant. The mythic and brutal world of Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Latchkey is so richly realized, you don’t step into it, you fall.”
—Jacqueline West, New York Times–bestselling author of The Books of Elsewhere

“Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Latchkey is a little like retracing a war veteran’s scars with a scalpel and asking, ‘So. Does this hurt more than the original?’ It does, of course. Hurts good, hurts deep, this almost-familiar world that bleeds right into ours, where the only thing fiercer than ferocity is tenderness—though both talk equally as tough. After reading Latchkey, one starts seeing ruins superimposed over currently thriving structures. Every struggling patch of city lawn becomes a garden of ghost grass; every breezy puff of leftover winter holds the possibility of frostbite and vertigo and seeing the face of a long-lost friend once more. Has there ever been such longing, fueled by such darkness and adrenaline? Has there ever been such satisfaction, and at such a cost?”
      —C. S. E. Cooney, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Bone Swans

Latchkey is the opposite of escapist: it is, instead, horror for people with the courage to benefit from beholding actual horrors. Building on the deeply-realized Archivist Wasp, in Latchkey we are given a world even more fallen and brutal, for now even the old order of the archivists is broken. Here, when heroes are hurt, they stay hurt; here, the survivors must endure trauma without the words to describe it; here, knowledge itself is both deeply suspect and humanity’s only hope. History itself, embodied by blood-hungry ghosts, by turns cannibalizes the living and provides the only way forward. And yet, for all the loss and bodily pain, Latchkey shows us the power of community and the worth, greater than diamonds, of courage. Cathartic, feminist, explosively imaginative and masterfully told, Kornher-Stace gives us a second-world fantasy that transports our minds while, time and again, it emotionally arrives.”
      —Carlos Hernandez, author of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

“What a great read! This surreal dreamscape of a book delves deeper into the unique world of the Andre Norton Award finalist Archivist Wasp, continuing a resilient heroine’s unusual friendship with a super-soldier ghost amid a far-future dystopia they both struggle to survive and understand.”
      —Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth

“Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Latchkey is a completely unique and enthralling story. A blend of fantasy, paranormal and more that defies categorization, I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended!”
      —Jennifer Brody, award-winning author of The 13th Continuum

Cover art by Jacquelin de Leon, jacquelindeleon.com

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