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Ballad & Dagger introduces readers to Mateo Matisse, born in San Madrigal, an island in the Caribbean that for centuries provided a refuge for pirates, Sephardic Jews fleeing the Inquisition, and Cuban Santeros. After the island is destroyed by a freak hurricane, a vibrant diaspora emerges in Brooklyn. Fifteen years later, Mateo, now a teen and a piano prodigy, lives with his two aunts—one alive, the other a spirit. While he is playing the piano at the San Madrigal Grande Fete, a raucous annual party, gods and magical creatures appear, resulting in street battles breaking out between the three neighborhood factions. During the melee, Mateo discovers that he has healing abilities. One person seems to know what's going on: Chela Hidalgo, the rabbi's daughter, who, like Mateo, possesses newly discovered secret powers. Mateo and Chela set aside their differences to unravel the mystery behind their sunken homeland and to stop a dangerous political operative who's trying to harness their powers to unleash a whole new terror on the world.
- Was previously mislabeled as "Mateo Matisse: Lullaby for a Lost Island", but it was announced on February 18 2021 as Ballad & Dagger.
- The book is based on the author's own experiences as a Cuban-Jewish man, Santeria priest of 10 years, protest medic, and music lover.
|Books:||Ballad & Dagger|
|Main Characters:||Mateo Matisse | Chela Hidalgo|
|Related Content:||Daniel José Older | Rick Riordan Presents|