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The Sunbearer Trials / Aiden Thomas.

Thomas, Aiden, (author.).


"Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. I'm just a Jade. I'm not a real hero." As each new decade begins, the Sun's power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in the Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years. Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about the Trials . . . or rather, he's only worried for others. His best friend Niya daughter of Tierra, the god of earth is one of the strongest heroes of their generation and is much too likely to be chosen this year. He also can't help but worry (reluctantly, and under protest) for Aurelio, a powerful Gold semidiós and Teo's friend-turned-rival who is a shoo-in for the Trials. Teo wouldn't mind taking Aurelio down a notch or two, but a one-in-ten chance of death is a bit too close for Teo's taste. But then, for the first time in over a century, Sol chooses a semidiós who isn't a Gold. In fact, he chooses two: Xio, the 13-year-old child of Mala Suerte, god of bad luck, and . . . Teo. Now they must compete in five mysterious trials, against opponents who are both more powerful and better trained, for fame, glory, and their own survival.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250822130
  • ISBN: 1250822130
  • ISBN: 9780800049751
  • ISBN: 0800049756
  • Physical Description: 405 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date and paging may vary.
Maps on endpapers.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 13-18.
Grades 10-12.
850L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.9 19 522361.
Awards Note:
Gateway Readers Award nominee, 2024-2025
Subject: Gods > Fiction.
Contests > Fiction.
Teenagers > Fiction.
Transgender youth > Fiction.
Heroes > Fiction.
Sacrifice > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Genre: Transgender fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 56 of 65 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 7 of 9 copies available at Cass County.


  • 2 current holds with 65 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Archie YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002206125789 Young Adult Award Checked out 05/30/2024
Cass County Library-Bookmobile YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002205992247 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Cass County Library-Drexel YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002205992254 Young Adult Award Available -
Cass County Library-Garden City YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002205992262 Young Adult Award Available -
Cass County Library-Harrisonville YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002205992270 Young Adult Award Reshelving -
Cass County Library-Harrisonville YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002206125771 Young Adult Award Reshelving -
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002205992288 Young Adult Award Checked out 05/31/2024
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002205992296 Young Adult Award Available -
Cass County Library-Pleasant Hill YA THO 2022 (Text) 0002205992304 Young Adult Award Available -

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