The Friday 56: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“…they’re the deadliest killers on the continent…It’s said that they paint their mouths bright red with blood when they go to war. That’s why they’re called the Crimson Army.”

I read an ARC of Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, so didn’t get a chance to share an excerpt from it at the time. I finally got my hands on a final copy, so now I get to share this amazing debut with everyone. As far as favorite deadly, yet intriguing female characters go, Xifeng is near the top. I loved reading her journey into villainy. You can read my review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “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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