L.L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney’s ‘A Blade So Black’ Gets an Adaptation and Sequel

It’s been a very good year for L.L. McKinney. Entertainment Weekly reports that Lionsgate is adapting her young-adult fantasy debut, A Blade So Black, for television, and her next book will be released in September 2019.


Lionsgate’s decision to adapt McKinney’s debut novel comes just months after the book reached shelves back in September. She’s quickly emerged as a breakout author and previously made a name for herself as an influencer and diversity advocate within the YA community.


A Blade So Black

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“I ached for the stories I loved to show me Black girls were treasured like everyone else. I prayed for the worlds I visited between those pages to… be less hostile towards us than this one,” McKinney told Entertainment Weekly. “I dreamed of going to galaxies far, far away, and of journeying to mystic lands beyond, and seeing Black people hadn’t been forgotten or left behind.”


Her novel has been well received and described as an imaginative urban-fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland with touches of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


A Blade So Black follows Alice, a teenager who must battle Nightmares and monsters and journey to Wonderland in search of an antidote for her poisoned mentor. She’ll also have to juggle an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA while dealing with the supernatural.


The sequel, A Dream So Dark, is already available for pre-order.





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