Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair. Nothing can prepare you for The Gauntlet! It didn’t look dangerous, exactly. When twelve-year-old Farah first laid eyes on the old-fashioned board game, she thought it looked elegant. It is made of wood, etched with exquisite images: a palace with domes and turrets, latticework windows that cast eerie shadows, a large spider, and at the very center of its cover, in broad letters, is written: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. The Gauntlet is more than a game, though. It is the most ancient, the most dangerous kind of magic. It holds worlds inside worlds. And it takes players as prisoners.

Karuna Riazi

Karuna Riazi holds a BA in English Literature from Hofstra University, and is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and middle school ELA teacher. She is a 2017 honoree on NBC Asian America’s Redefining A-Z list, and her work has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Book Riot and Teen Vogue, among others. Karuna is fond of tea, Korean dramas, and baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish. She is the author of The Gauntlet, which released in March 2017 from Simon and Schuster’s Salaam Reads imprint.

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