Julie C. Dao: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns *Pre-Launch Event*

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

Join Julie C. Dao for a pre-launch event for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. An epic YA fantasy set in a mythical/mystical version of the Far East, this reimagining of The Evil Queen legend is about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress—and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

ABOUT THE BOOKEighteen-year-old Xifeng (pronounced She-fung) 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 greatness too high? To claim her place beside the Emperor, Xifeng must cast aside Wei, the young man who has longed to marry her since childhood. And darker still, she will have to embrace the callous magic that runs through her veins—magic 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 complete.
Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy—dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance.
Fans of Stealing Snow, Red Queen, and The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this stunning debut.

"A richly developed fantasy world coupled with an ambitious anti-heroine of complex agency, this story shines and surprises at every turn. Julie C. Dao is a talent to watch."
—Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites

"A masterful reimagining of the early life of Snow White's Evil Queen. Subverting the all-too-white world of fairy tales, this novel will trap readers in a lush, dangerously dark, and often beautiful world from which they will want no escape. Xifeng is . . . richly drawn, complicated, and, at times, vulnerable; her relentless pursuit of power a welcome contrast to princesses of the past who seldom had the confidence or strength to determine their own destinies."
—Booklist,
starred review

ABOUT THE AUTHORJulie Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York, and then was raised amidst the autumn fields and sloping mountains of New England. She went to college to become a doctor, but (go figure) came out ready to pursue her passion of creative writing. She is greatly influenced by the work of Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Maggie Stiefvater, Jhumpa Lahiri, Neil Gaiman, and Laini Taylor. Julie lives in New England.

 

DATE:  Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

Event address: 
2 Carmichael Street
Essex, VT 05452
$18.99
SKU: A9781524738297
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781524738297
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Published: Philomel Books - October 10th, 2017