Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.
The release date for Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao is too far away.
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.
I really want to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns when it comes out on October 10, 2017. The book is pitched as an evil queen retelling with an east asian twist. As an own voices novel, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is diverse and dark. The main character, Xifeng, is an anti-hero. She’s almost villainous, which makes this book so unique. I’ve also heard that there are remarkable fantasy elements coupled with overall amazing writing.