Twelfth Knight (Hardcover)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six (under the penname Olivie Blake) comes Twelfth Knight, a YA romantic comedy and coming of age story about taking up space in the world and learning what it means to let others in.
*This luxe hardcover edition will include endpaper art by Little Chmura, a foil case stamp, and designed printed edges.*
Viola Reyes is annoyed.
Her painstakingly crafted tabletop game campaign was shot down, her best friend is suggesting she try being more “likable,” and her school's star running back Jack Orsino is the most lackadaisical Student Body President she’s ever seen, which makes her job as VP that much harder. Vi’s favorite escape from the world is the MMORPG Twelfth Knight, but online spaces aren’t exactly kind to girls like her—girls who are extremely competent and have the swagger to prove it. So Vi creates a masculine alter ego, choosing to play as a knight named Cesario to create a safe haven for herself.
But when a football injury leads Jack Orsino to the world of Twelfth Knight, Vi is alarmed to discover their online alter egos—Cesario and Duke Orsino—are surprisingly well-matched.
As the long nights of game-play turn into discussions about life and love, Vi and Jack soon realize they’ve become more than just weapon-wielding characters in an online game. But Vi has been concealing her true identity from Jack, and Jack might just be falling for her offline…
"Between the expertly executed slow burn romance, intricate world building, delightful grumpy-sunshine banter, and genuinely joyful cast of characters, Twelfth Knight completely stole my heart. Whipsmart, hilarious, fantastical, and downright swoonworthy, Twelfth Knight is the Excalibur of nerdy, feminist, YA romcoms.”—Crystal Maldonado, author of The Fall of Whit Rivera and Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
"A love letter to fandom and gaming culture. Twelfth Knight is a charming read which doesn't shy away from examining the fraught relationship between fandom, gaming, and misogyny. Vi and Jack encapsulate the perfect enemies-to-lovers romance; opposites in every way but sizzling with chemistry."—Adiba Jaigardir, award-winning author of The Henna Wars
"Twelfth Knight is a smart, fresh, and heartwarming rom-com that any reader will enjoy!"—Nick Brooks, author of Promise Boys
“What a joy this book was, found myself literally kicking my feet and screaming. Twelfth Knight is a firecracker of a novel, taking a well-beloved Shakespearean classic, gutting out its heart, and forming a fresh, compulsively readable story that is reminiscent of the best of the 90’s movie teen cult classics. With charming nods to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and a captivating heroine who always stands her ground, Alexene Farol Follmuth has composed an irresistible and heartwarming novel.”—Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, New York Times bestselling author of Ace of Spades
"In Twelfth Knight, Alexene Farol Follmuth, much like that other writer who wrote that other Twelfth Night, beautifully reimagines a classic tale for the modern moment with tremendous wit, effortless grace, and laugh out loud jokes. Viola and Duke Orsino have never been better together. There is heart and humor here that exemplifies the very best of romance and comedy. There is wisdom here that surprises and salves."—Arya Shahi, author of An Impossible Thing to Say
More praise for the author of Twelfth Knight:
“A mind-blowing talent."—Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
“This book is wholly a delight."—Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Cruel Prince, on The Atlas Six
“An author to look out for!"—Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of The Luminaries
“I utterly devoured this book."—Amanda Foody, New York Times bestselling author of All of Us Villains, on The Atlas Six
“Witty dialogue, exciting twists, and excellent pacing.”—Booklist on One for My Enemy
“[Her] prose is silky and as eccentric as her characters.”—Publishers Weekly on Alone with You in the Ether
“Destined to write in ANY genre.”—B&N Reads