Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1) by Julie C. Dao

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Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.



Title : Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)
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ISBN : 1524738298
Edition Language : English
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Number of Pages : 363 pages


Reviews


Emily May rated it ★★★★☆

October 25, 2017

“Beware, Xifeng, of magic that comes too easily. There is a price for everything, as she learned and you, too, will learn. Some magic requires blood. Other magic requires a piece of your own self and eats away at your soul.” 4 1/2 stars. In short: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is an East Asia-in...


Marie rated it ★★★★★

April 04, 2017

I adore an anti-heroine story, and Julie C. Dao achieves this with flying colors in a lush, richly developed fantasy world of myth, monarchy, and magic. Xifeng is an unusual and wonderfully complex protagonist of ambitious agency--I couldn't stop reading about her journey! Go pre-order this beaut...


Cait • A Page with a View rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2018

I totally missed the memo that this was an anti-heroine story, so I had a stupid grin on my face while everything unfolded. I love anti-heroines when their journeys are heartbreaking, yet completely understandable with clear motivation. And this whole thing was so well done! "Your beauty is all y...


sana rated it ★★★★☆

January 08, 2018

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a dark and gruesome, !!!East Asian!!! fantasy about Xifeng, a beautiful peasant girl who has always been told that she is destined for greatness. Xifeng is raised by her abusive aunt/Guma who longs to fulfill Xifeng's destiny, the cards have predicted. They show X...


Julie rated it ★★★★★

May 20, 2017

Guys! This is my book and I am over-the-moon joyful that I get to share it with you all next year! The story combines everything I love: strong women and the complex relationships that shape them; the struggle between choice and destiny; a lush palace setting and handsome, brooding men; and a pow...


maymay ☕ rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 03, 2018

Full review posted I don’t think this book is TERRIBLE, I just think that the synopsis DECEIVED me and I’ve faced too much betrayal from my loved ones books to continue being a victim to such treachery I’m lying, I clearly never learn since I keep reading kasie west books Pros *this gonna be shor...


Fables&Wren rated it ★★★★★

November 05, 2017

WrensReads Review: An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny. How could I not fall under the spell of this book? HOLY BATMAN I cannot express how beautifully dark this book is...


Riley rated it ★★★★☆

December 17, 2017

I feel weird saying I relate to the main character because she's clearly the villain but I. FUCKING. RELATE.


Jill rated it ★★★★★

September 04, 2017

"She was a monster, a bride of the darkness, and she rose to face her destiny as though it were the blood red sunrise of a new day." Ok ok I finally have time to write a review. I'd like to start off with a big loud pterodactyl screech that might convey how unique and amazing this book was. I am...


Hiba rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2018

She was special, with every bite, every stream of blood spurting from her ravenous mouth. She was a monster, a bride of the darkness, and she rose to face her destiny as though it were the blood-red sunrise of a new day. This book is so gloriously BRUTAL. One word of warning, this book is cert...





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