The Rise of the Empress duology’s epic finale, in which a banished princess fights to reclaim her destiny…
Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as Empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the Empress and set the world right.
Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?
Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic, powerful prose, and characters readers won’t soon forget.
“A grand adventure for fans of fairy tales, fables, and legends coupled with the vibrant history of Chinese dynasties.”
“Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is the stunning counterpoint to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. A refreshing take on the classic heroine, and an adventure of stories nestled within stories, this is a book fairytale lovers will tuck among their most beloved treasures.”
Emily X. R. Pan, New York Times bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER
“A lush, enchanting tale of magic, myth, and absolute courage. At once gorgeously woven and deliciously gruesome, KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX is a thrilling end to a series that feels like a classic in its own right.”
Natalie Mae, author of THE KINDER POISON
“Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix broke my heart and filled it, all at once. In the process, Julie C. Dao has turned a well-worn tale into something thrilling and new. Ornate, tender, and magical. I could not put this book down.”
Tochi Onyebuchi, author of BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT
“Dao’s characters are complex and intriguing; villains are admirably drawn so the reader sees their paths to unfortunate decisions. Battles, military strategy, and romance blend with stories within stories as Dao brings this richly embroidered saga to a satisfying close.”
“There aren’t many authors who could so precisely undo their first book with their second, but it is this clever unweaving that shows Dao’s brilliance and skill. With heart-stopping action and wonderful new characters, this is not a sequel to be missed.”
EK Johnston, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of THAT INEVITABLE VICTORIAN THING
“Beautifully written and masterfully told, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix feels at once timeless and entirely new — a cherished classic, destined to be savored for years to come. I loved it with my whole heart.”
Margaret Rogerson, New York Times bestselling author of AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS
“Utterly brilliant in every way, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is the perfect follow-up to Julie C Dao’s debut. This is the dark fantasy I’ve been waiting for, and I can’t get enough!”
Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE
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