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Publisher Description

Uncover a riveting story of palace intrigue set in a sumptuous Asian-inspired fantasy world in the breakout YA novel that Publisher's Weekly calls "elegant and adrenaline-soaked."
*A New York Times Bestseller**#1 on the Indie Next Kid's List**Goodreads Best Books of November*
*B&N Top Books of November**Publisher's Weekly Books of the Week**Hypable Most Anticipated YA Book Releases*
In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after -- the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable -- she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

Young Adult
November 6
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Grades 10-17

Customer Reviews

Kelyn I ,

A good read!

I really hope there is a sequel in the works! I read the whole book on an airplane ride and couldn’t put it down.

I love the asian themed influence in the book, and being an asian wlw myself it was nice to see representation reflected in the book.

The characters are all solid, some have some interesting arcs that keep your heart morphing through the book, and overall it has a very promising storyline.

There is a warning in the preface, but some of the scenes can be hard to read if you’ve been a victim of sexual abuse, so just fair warning.

Makoobi ,

Pretty good read

Pretty good read overall.

Wolfe0909 ,

This book was amazing

I loved this book so much and I would so watch the movie if the ever make one and I hope they do because this would make a great movie.

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