After teasing the announcement on social media, bestselling author Rick Riordan has announced his next novel! In an exclusive blog for Barnes and Noble, Riordan announced that Daughter of the Deep would be hitting shelves October 5, 2021. The plot will be based on the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, imagining a potential sequel to the classic tale. Daughter of the Deep will center on protagonist Ana Dakkar, a high school freshman who discovers she is a descendent of the legendary Captain Nemo.
“Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana’s parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family she’s got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. (And they’ve heard all the Harry Potter jokes already, so don’t go there.) Ana’s freshman year culminates with the class’s weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it’ll take to succeed.
All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives. But wait, there’s more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshmen are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.“
The novel is available for pre-order now on Barnes and Noble! Stay tuned for more information, including the official cover art that has yet to be revealed.