ALL HAIL THE GIRL KING.
Your greatest enemy is closer than you think.
Princess Lu is destined to become the first female emperor. Her sister Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. When their father declares their male cousin heir instead, his betrayal changes everything.
Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. Her path crosses with Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Forced into an uneasy alliance, they're going to need an army to take back the throne.
Back in court, Min discovers her hidden power. It's a forbidden, deadly magic that could allow Min to claim the throne for herself.
But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters' greatest enemy could turn out to be each other . . .
'I expect this to be one of the most talked-about books of 2019' Samantha Shannon, #1 bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
The struggle for succession in a powerful empire pits two sisters against each other after their father, the emperor, shocks everyone by announcing the girls' cousin as his heir. Princess Lu always assumed she'd become the Empire of the First Flame's first female ruler, and she has no desire to be betrothed to her degenerate cousin, Set. When her challenge for dominance fails and Set attempts to assassinate her, she's forced to flee north, seeking new allies among the empire's subjugated populations, including the residents of the secretive city of Yunis, long thought to be destroyed. Meanwhile, Lu's younger sister, Min, forges her own alliance with Set while exploring her newfound magical abilities, which might reshape the empire. With the sisters on a collision course, their separate tales seem destined to end in tragedy. It's easy to get lost in the multiple narrative threads with so much going on in this tale, and Lu's journey feels more developed and nuanced than Min's. But with its Asia-inspired worldbuilding, lush descriptions, and a weighty sense of history, this sprawling fantasy is still a strong debut for Yu. Ages 14 up.
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The story was just so captivating, the author’s writing style is really amazing and I grew super attached to Lu, and I feel like I want to protect Min at all costs — can’t wait for the sequel :)