Empress of Flames

Empress of Flames

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Sisters torn apart by war. Shapeshifters fighting to regain their long-lost magic. And an empire in need of a leader.

In this dark, sweeping fantasy perfect for fans of Girls of Paper and Fire and Wicked Saints, two princesses must save their home, no matter the cost.

Princess Lu knows that the throne of the Empire of the First Flame rightfully belongs to her. After all, she is the late Emperor's firstborn and has trained for the role all her life. And she made a promise to shapeshifter Nok, the boy she came to love, to fight for justice alongside his now powerless people. But even with an army at her side, Lu will need to face a major obstacle: the sitting Empress, her once beloved younger sister, Min.

Princess Min used to live in Lu's shadow. Now she controls a powerful, ancient magic, and she's determined to use it to forge her own path and a strong future for the Empire, even if that means making enemies in court. Except Min's magic isn't entirely under her control, and she must learn how to tame it before it consumes her . . . and the entire realm.

Nothing can stop Lu and Min's eventual confrontation. And with the Empire facing threats greater than their rivalry, even if they choose to stand together, it could cost them both the throne--and their lives.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 140 x 210mm
  • New York
  • English
  • 1681198916
  • 9781681198910
  • 1,928,377

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"Praise for The Girl King" --.

"Masterful." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Yu crafts a tremendously stunning world with complex characters and a heart-pounding adventure." --Buzzfeed

"A cleverly crafted world that still feels completely believable, and, even better, new." --Hypable

"An absolutely fantastic tale of legends, magic and destiny." --Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

"Everything I want in a high fantasy." --Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE

"An intricate, richly crafted fantasy that will draw you in." --Heidi Heilig, author of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

"This action-packed epic fantasy engrossed me from the first page." --Julie C. Dao, author of FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS

"Fierce and unforgettable." --Marjorie Liu, New York Times bestselling author and Hugo Award winner for MONSTRESS: THE BLOOD

"Yu draws the reader in to a new and intriguing fantasy world with fascinating characters and deft storytelling." --Cindy Pon, author of WANT and SERPENTINE

"Recommended for readers who enjoy imperfect characters and complex plots." --Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced, seamless fantasy adventure full of action, mysticism, and female empowerment." --Booklist

"[W]ith its Asia-inspired worldbuilding, lush descriptions, and a weighty sense of history, this sprawling fantasy is . . . a strong debut." --Publishers Weekly

"This book has been pulling in the hype--with good reason." --Paste Magazine

"Riveting." --Vox
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About Mimi Yu

Mimi Yu is the author of The Girl King. She was born and raised in rural upstate New York. She is an alumna of VONA/Voices. She received a BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the New School/Parsons School of Design. When she's not writing, she enjoys gardening, quilting, boxing, and fostering kittens. She has five cats, one dog, and four planets in Aquarius. She currently resides in Chicagoland with her husband.

Twitter and Instagram: @baby_ajumma
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