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


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 ★★★★★

July 13, 2017

Wow, that was amazing. 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...

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...

Wren ϟ 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...

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...

Cece rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2017

This was definitely slow to start, but I'm already absolutely dying to read the second book. I was invested in this book because I knew the main character was supposed to be ruthless, and I was not misled in any way. If you're looking for an origin story that's dark and twisty, this one is fantas...

Kaye rated it ★★★★★

April 04, 2017

Five-starring in advance because Julie is fabulous, her writing is fabulous, and diasporic authors have EVERY RIGHT to pen Asian-inspired fantasy without being cut down or degraded for it.

Crazy4Books rated it ★★★★☆

November 03, 2017

I cant say I was too surprised by how this story gripped me from the first chapter. Ive heard nothing but amazing things about it. The setting and culture were beautifully vivid and lush. I also thought the writing was fantastic. I wasnt sure if I was still into retelling but after reading this w...

Beth rated it ★★★★★

November 30, 2017

"In weakness, you find your strength. It takes no small amount of courage to open yourself up" Spoiler Free Review! Holy shit this was amazing! I have no idea what to think when I went into this... but not THAT! Firstly it's partly a re-telling that has set up the second book perfectly, then we hav...

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