The following books are in our queue for release in 2021. As we finalize formats, covers, author bios, and other details, we’ll update the information on this page.

After the Dragons
A novel by Cynthia Zhang

After the Dragons announcement poster featuring a stone dragon on a black marble background, title, and description.
After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang is will be published in 2021.

They were fire and terror to the Western world, while in the East the dragons brought life-giving rain. Now, no longer hailed as gods and struggling in the overheated pollution of Beijing, only the Eastern species survives. As drought plagues the aquatic dragons, a mysterious disease—shaolong, or “burnt lung”—afflicts the city’s human inhabitants.

Jaded college student Xiang Kaifei scours Beijing streets for abandoned dragons, distracting himself from his diagnosis. Elijah Ahmed, a biracial American medical researcher, is drawn to Beijing by the memory of his grandmother and her death by shaolong. Interest in Beijing’s dragons leads Kai and Eli into an unlikely partnership. With the resources of Kai’s dragon rescue and Eli’s immunology research, can the pair find a cure for shaolong and safety for the dragons? The spectres of grief and disease hang heavy over their relationship and Eli and Kai must confront old ghosts and hard truths if there is any hope—for themselves or the dragons they love.


  • Own-voices science fantasy
  • LGBTQ protagonists
  • Dragons

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