"Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own." Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death... because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.
Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?
In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2019 by Albert Whitman Company
When I first heard about this book I knew I had to have it. But how am I supposed to manage waiting until April for it? Gah. How rude. I love that cover. So beautiful. And the story sounds all kinds of awesome too. A bit like a few other books I have read, but I did not like those much, and I'm hoping I will love this one. It sounds like it could be so so very good, and I'm crossing all my fingers. Cannot wait to read it. So excited.
What are you waiting for on this unstable Wednesday?