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The Empress of Salt and Fortune

Nghi Vo

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Tor U.K.
07 June 2020
Adventure; Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Questing & Adventure
A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.

Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor's lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.

At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She's a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.
By:   Nghi Vo
Imprint:   Tor U.K.
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 127mm,  Width: 202mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   132g
ISBN:   9781250750303
ISBN 10:   125075030X
Series:   The Singing Hills Cycle
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   07 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Empress of Salt and Fortune

Dangerous, subtle, unexpected and familiar, angry and ferocious and hopeful... The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a remarkable accomplishment of storytelling.--NPR A stunning feminist fantasy. . . . The subtlety and nuance of Vo's evocative storytelling lend the novella an epic, timeless feel. Equal parts love and rage, this masterfully told story is sure to impress.--Publishers Weekly, starred review Vo's debut has it all: from sapphic love to cruel betrayals; from political intrigue to lakes that glow red to ghosts that continue to walk old paths. . . . The Empress of Salt and Fortune will appeal to all fans of epic fantasy, and readers will be excited to read whatever Vo comes up with next.--Booklist, starred review This fantasy novella reminded me more of the anthropological leanings of Ursula K. Le Guin's work set in an imperial Chinese fantasy world. . . . Uncovers a nuanced history of how the disenfranchised shape history, and can come to rule it, though at great cost.--Buzzfeed Rich details and emotional prose captures readers from the first page of this imaginative and powerful novella. Spun through reflections of the past, in archived objects of love and hate, the tale of Rabbit and In-yo lights up the dark history of monarchy and turns it into a delightful feminist fantasy.--Library Journal Nghi Vo's gorgeous debut novella...follows two women defying traditional gender roles with striking results.--Paste A masterpiece of understatement and implication. This is the little black dress of books: it gives the impression of effortlessness while being quietly meticulous in every stitch. And it's for everyone.--Nerd Daily An elegant gut-punch, a puzzle box that unwinds itself in its own way and in its own time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Gorgeous. Cruel. Perfect. I didn't know I needed to read this until I did. --Seanan McGuire A quiet, wrenching tale of resistance, resilience, and court intrigue.--R. F. Kuang A tale of rebellion and fealty that feels both classic and fresh, The Empress of Salt and Fortune is elegantly told, strongly felt, and brimming with rich detail. An epic in miniature, beautifully realised.--Zen Cho At once epic and intimate, this story of revenge, power and the weight of history is a small, masterful jewel.--Aliette de Bodard A glorious, beautifully-written tale that is both tragic and triumphant, unfolding a secret history through the ordinary artifacts of everyday life.--Kate Elliott


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