Suyana Sapaki is a failure in the International Assembly. She’s not charming on camera, which is crucial for a Face: public image is ninety percent of diplomacy. The United Amazonian Rainforest Confederation has been the site of scandal, so she’s short on allies. It’s a system designed to make you useless, but she has a country to save – one way or the other.
Daniel Park fled home to become a snap, because joining the last of the free press sounded noble before he was broke. On a hunch, he’s picked C-lister Suyana Sapaki for his first outing; he thinks she’s hiding something that’s worth money to the right people, if he catches it on camera.
Like her assassination attempt.
On the run from someone who wants her dead and shadowed by someone she can’t trust, Suyana will risk everything – and everyone – to save her diplomatic ties. It’s her only chance to control the future of her people, and she has promises to keep…if she makes it through the night.
In Persona, Suyana Sapaki survived an assassination attempt and has risen higher than her opponents ever expected. Now she has to keep her friends close and her enemies closer—and one misstep could mean death.
A year ago, International Assembly delegate Suyana Sapaki barely survived an attempt on her life. Now she’s climbing the ranks, dating the American Face, and poised for greatness. But the secret that drives her can’t stay hidden forever. When she quickly saves herself from a life-threatening scandal, she gains a new enemy: the public eye.
Daniel Park was hoping for the story of a lifetime, and he got her. But what do you do when this person you thought you knew has vanished inside the shell, and dangers are building all around you?
How much will Daniel risk when his job is to break the story? And how far will he go for a cause that isn’t his?
Welcome to diplomacy. Adapt or die.
“A grim, intense political thriller…chillingly plausible setting, has atmosphere in spades, and enough twists and turns to keep even the most genre-savvy readers guessing.” Barnes & Noble
“Takes our political systems and turns them on its head…a lightning fast read, but there’s a satisfying level of substance.” io9.com
“It may technically be a political thriller but it ultimately feels a lot like a noir novel…every conversation is heavy with possibility and doublespeak. Regardless, the novel never flags in pace. It’s brisk, well written and intelligent, and has a very diverse cast of characters to boot.” Tor.com
“ICON is a near-perfect near-future political thriller…The intricate world-building and expanded scope translate into a sequel that is a slower burn, but no less addictive, with a richer story of political double-crosses, conspiracy, and murder among the glamorous elite, but retaining the prickly, fascinating characters that made the first book such a welcome surprise.” Barnes & Noble
“Just as well written as Persona. That Valentine’s writerly craft is sharp will be no surprise to anyone—she’s always been able to use language to its best, most evocative abilities.” Tor.com
“When I reviewed Persona last year, I said that it was a perfectly satisfying stand-alone novel—but I was so fascinated by the world of the International Assembly, and so mesmerized by Suyana Sapaki, the Face for the recently formed United Amazonian Rainforest Confederation, that I hoped hard for a sequel. I’m delighted to find that Icon is everything I wanted from one.” NPR.org