Congratulations on the publication of THE MOONLIGHT BLADE by Tessa Barbosa publishing today in North America (Entangled Publishing)!

I promised my mother I would never come to Bato-Ko…and yet here I am.

Narra Jal is one of the cursed, cast aside her whole life, considered unlucky. But with her mother’s life on the line, she will return to the city where she was born to face the trials: a grueling, bloodthirsty series of challenges designed to weed out the weak, the greedy, and the foolish. Trials to select the next ruler of Tigang.

Narra has nothing. No weapons. No training. No magic. No real chance of leaving with her life. Just her fierce grit and a refusal to accept the destiny she’s been handed. Even the intense, dark-eyed Guardian she feels a strangely electric connection with cannot help her. Narra is on her own. But she’ll show everyone what the unlucky can do.

Let the bloodbath begin.


“Rich worldbuilding, complicated intrigue, and compelling characters combine in this stunning debut novel. With a swoon-worthy romance and hidden secrets spanning a truly epic scope, The Moonlight Blade is not a book to miss.” -Elisa A. Bonnin, author of Dauntless and Stolen City

“A luscious fantasy adventure about a girl who will stop at nothing to save her mother.” -K.S. Villoso, author of Outlaw Mage

Tessa Barbosa is a Filipina-Canadian author who writes fantasy novels by night, and software help by day. She studied computer science and the fine arts in university, but stories were her first love, and she’s thrilled she gets to write them now. Tessa currently lives in Vancouver with her family and when she’s not at the keyboard, you can find her reading, making messes in the kitchen, or sewing things.

Tessa is represented by Leonicka Valcius.