The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
Publication Date: March 24th 2020
Blurb: With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, Nghi Vo’s The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.
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.
Tor Dot Com continues to dominate my Waiting on Wednesday post – (seriously I’m starting to think they made a deal with the devil because they keep bringing so much good shit to the table) – this time with The Empress of Salt and Fortune!
It sounds amazing, it looks amazing and I’m very excited. Tor Dot Com novellas have become one of my favourite things to read not just because of the aforementioned deal with the devil but because I’ve come to love the bit-size-ness of them. Don’t get me wrong I love a good epic but sometime you just need something short and tasty…as a treat.
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