Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
It will be released on October 10, 2017, by Philomel Books.
I have heard nothing but great things from people that have an ARC of this book. I don’t think I ever come across one negative review on this book. Sometimes a Fantasy series is a hit or miss for me. I hope this one is a hit because it sounds great! I mean, read the synopsis below!
To be honest, I do not like the cover. It looks like it was made on a Microsoft program. It could be a bit better. The typography is good but not great. When I heard of the title the first time around, I image a beautiful cover of lanterns or maybe one with the lights in the background blurred. I do like the green on this cover. It is an eye catching and it works well, just not the images itself.
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.
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.