Everything I love about my favorite fantasy series is in this book, plus so much more! This ambitious and unique debut goes beyond being a thrilling adventure, set in a world inspired by East Asian history and full of strong and complex characters, shamanism, and brutal conflict. Kuang doesn’t shy away from showing the horrific physical, emotional, and moral costs of violence on her characters, even when they’re heroically fighting for retribution and justice.
BONE SHARD DAUGHTER is one of those rare books that manages to captivate you from chapter one, get you invested in every character, and keep you hooked for the entire ride! Lin is the Emperor’s daughter, and struggles with feeling worthy to be her father’s successor. He rules his empire with an iron fist and powerful constructs powered by the bones of his citizens. However, rebellion is stirring in the empire, and Lin begins to wonder what secrets lurk within the castle walls about the motives behind her father’s bone magic...
With a wholly unique magic system, fascinating world building, and multiple perspectives, this sweeping epic fantasy is not one to miss.
This Indian epic fantasy will captivate anyone who loves mythology, storylines that span decades, and fascinating characters.
Adri and Shvate are not your typical boys.
They are in line to rule the Burnt Empire and when placed on the Burning Throne, a chair that incinerates anyone unworthy to rule, they are declared the rightful heirs to the throne. But demonlord Jarsun has a daughter who also has a claim to the throne, and vows to destroy the Burnt Empire when his claim is rejected. So he lies in wait, his ancient magic slowly poisoning the earth and sowing chaos.
Demigods, goddesses, armies of dogs, betrayal, women warriors, living mountain cities, and curses make this story a rich tapestry of myth and legend.
This sequel to Empress of Salt with Fortune will sink its fangs into you and won’t relinquish its grip until the final page! With imaginative world building, sapphic romance, and the feel of myth and legend, I'd let Nghi Vo bring me anywhere.
ORDER OF THE PURE MOON is the answer to the question "what if Snow White was the same story as Robin Hood but also it was in back-in-the-day China with martial arts and monks?" and spoiler: IT PULLS IT OFF FLAWLESSLY! I dare you to read the first two chapters and not buy the book. It's just that good.
As a child, princess Thanh was given to a powerful country to be their glorified hostage to cement an uneasy alliance. When she returned home to serve as an advisor in her mother’s imperial court, she came back haunted by a mysterious fire that engulfed the royal palace and a servant girl who helped her escape.
But when things start magically catching on fire around Thanh, and her domineering ex lover Eldris comes to court to seize power and Thanh for herself, will Thanh let others choose for her or will she finally find the courage to blaze her own path through the world? A gorgeously ferocious novella with fangs and claws, I devoured it hungrily.
HOLY SH***********T. BURNING ROSES was incredible. This Asian-inspired retelling of a very bloody Little Red Riding Hood just destroyed my childhood in the best of ways. Huang does catharsis reads like no one's business. This novella needs to be on your TBR.