Entertainingly original...inventive mashup of mythology & chess. —Kirkus Reviews 2023
Princess Kassie, daughter of chess goddess Caïssa and the god of war, Mars, awaits a day-long celebration on Chess Mountain in honor of her twelfth birthday. But the celebration is not to be, because last night, her friend and fellow god, Dimitri, did not return home after visiting her. Dimitri’s parents blame his disappearance on Caïssa and Mars, and declare war upon their kingdom. Kassie is whisked away to dreaded Earth, and hides out as a mortal in a NYC outpost. She enrolls in school and finds some comfort in a chess-loving classroom. Humans surprise her, but she must beware of possible kingdom enemies in her midst. Caught up in her classmates’ conflicts with a chess bully, she struggles to help them while masking her identity for the safety of Chess Mountain.
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