Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Series: Fairytale retellings

An East Asian fantasy that reimagines the legend of The Evil Queen, a common character in many fairytales. Xifeng is a beautiful young woman destined for greatness. Her aunt, a witch named Guma, has read her future. If Xifeng allows herself to be pulled towards darkness, she has a chance to become the Empress of Feng Lu. Is she willing to sacrifice love, happiness, and magic for the throne? This twisted fantasy will have you questioning who to root for as ambition and evil go hand in hand.

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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.

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