Codex Black (Book One): A Fire Among Clouds (Paperback)
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Navigate through monsters, mysteries, and the will of the gods with two young extraordinary adventurers in fifteenth-century Mesoamerica as they search for a missing father.
Donají is a fearless Zapotec girl who, even though she’s only fifteen, is heralded as a hero by her village. In Codex Black, Donají sets out on an adventure--accompanied by the god that lives inside of her poncho--to find her missing father. Along the way, she meets a 17-year-old winged Mexica warrior named Itzcacalotl, and over time their temporary partnership blooms into an incredible friendship.
The search brings the young pair closer to danger and deeper into mystery than either could have predicted. What exactly was Donají’s father involved with? And how did a simple search for a missing relative lead Donají and Itzcacalotl into a fight with a terrifying bat monster to defend an entire village?!
About the Author
Camilo Moncada Lozano is an Mexico City-based artist best known for his work on Codex Black, which has garnered hundreds of thousands of views in its original incarnation on Tapas. Along with his work in comics, Camilo is responsible for the 2017 animated short film Donaji & the Magical Poncho.
"Both a thrilling epic and a setup for forthcoming volumes—not to mention a
rollicking action-adventure featuring well-crafted characters—this gets the highest
recommendation, right down to its very helpful back matter, addressing language, beliefs, and historical context." —Booklist (Starred Review)
“An enticing, fast-paced series opener.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A gorgeous, emotional YA adventure steeped in true Mesoamerican history and myth.” –AIPT Comics
“One of the books we've been most excited to read in 2023.” –IGN
"Filled to the brim with fantastical mythology, engaging and well presented history, enjoyable characters, and lots of heart to spare, Codex Black: A Fire Among Clouds is a great introduction to a fun fantasy adventure!" –The Library Ladies
"A fun graphic novel with an intriguing mythology twist." –Page By Paige
“This graphic novel needed to exist.” –ICv2
“The artwork is beautiful and dynamic, showing off the swoops of Itzcacalotl’s wings and the whooshes of feet and fists from Donaji in combat.” –The Work Print