BOOM! Studios has announced A Spark Within The Forge: An Ember In The Ashes Graphic Novel, an official prequel to the series of novels from creator Sabaa Tahir, writer Nicole Andelfinger, artist Sonia Liao, colorist Kieran Quigley, and letterer Mike Fiorentino. A Spark Within The Forge will be the second graphic novel in a three volume prequel series that will explore the pasts of beloved An Ember in the Ashes series characters.
‘Before they were torn asunder, Laia lived happily and quietly with her Nan, Pop, and brother Darin within the Scholar district of Martial-ruled Serra. Although Laia is afraid to venture outside her home due to the heavy Martial presence, Darin loves to explore all parts of their home city… even those that are forbidden.
A chance encounter with famed swordsmith Spiro Teluman, who sees in Darin a talent for forging weapons, leads him down a path that pulls him away from his family but towards hope for his people. Meanwhile, Laia is forced to take her brother’s place accompanying Pop to combat a dangerous illness spreading quickly through Serra. When Laia discovers a surprising cure, will she brave exposure and the heavily-patrolled streets so she can save the city and someone she loves?’
“A Spark Within The Forge illuminates the histories of some of EMBER’s most beloved characters–Laia, Darin and Spiro Teluman,” said Tahir. “The story was one I’d thought of long ago when filling out these characters’ histories. I never thought I’d get a chance to return to it, or to do a deep dive to figure out exactly how I wanted it to play out. Doing so, and working again with Nicole Andelfinger and Sonia Liao as well as the BOOM! team, has been such a treat.”
“I’m super excited to bring to life even more of An Ember in the Ashes’ world and characters in a second graphic novel,” said Liao. “The streets of Serra are as detailed and rife with history as the Martials’ camps in the rainforest. Laia and Darin’s stories are intertwined yet separate: two points of view that complement each other as much as they oppose one another. I hope the readers enjoy their story as much as I did when drawing them onto the page.”
Print copies of A Spark Within The Forge: An Ember In The Ashes Graphic Novel will be available for sale February 2022.