The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, 1)

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, 1) by Nghi Vo 125075030X 9781250750303
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A 2021 Finalist for the Hugo Award the Locus Award the Ignyte Award

Winner of the 2020 Crawford Award!

Dangerous, subtle, unexpected and familiar, angry and ferocious and hopeful... The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a remarkable accomplishment of storytelling.--NPR

A 2020 ALA Booklist Top Ten SF/F Debut A Book Riot Must-Read Fantasy of 2020 A Paste Most Anticipated Novel of 2020 A Library Journal Debut of the Month A Buzzfeed Must-Read Fantasy Novel of Spring 2020 A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist A Washington Post Best SFF of the Year So Far Pick

Named Book Riots Best Book Cover of 2020

Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR Library Journal NYPL Chicago Public Library The Austen Chronicle Autostraddle

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, Nghi Vos 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 emperors 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. Shes 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.

The Singing Hills Cycle

The Empress of Salt and Fortune
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain
Into the Riverlands

The novellas of The Singing Hills Cycle are linked by the cleric Chih, but may be read in any order, with each story serving as an entrypoint.

Praise for The Empress of Salt and Fortune

"An elegant gut-punch, a puzzle box that unwinds itself in its own way and in its own time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Gorgeous. Cruel. Perfect. I didnt know I needed to read this until I did."--Seanan McGuire

A tale of rebellion and fealty that feels both classic and fresh, The Empress of Salt and Fortune is elegantly told, strongly felt, and brimming with rich detail. An epic in miniature, beautifully realised.--Zen Cho

Nghi Vos gracefully told debut . . . resides in the intimate margins of its (beautifully imagined) worlds history, portraying how the marginalized may yet shape those narratives and harness the power of stories.--Indrapramit Das

Author: Nghi Vo

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 128

Publisher: Tordotcom

Publication Date: 2020-03-24


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