Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#227): Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I'm featuring:


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Book One of the Rise of the Empress series
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.



I've been waiting quite some time to feature this on a WoW post! I've been avoiding debut series but I definitely want to delve into this one. Bring on a new antihero story!

47 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if this is for me, but I do like that cover.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  2. This cover is eerie~ that snake, those eyes. This one sounds interesting.

    My WOW

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  3. An empress and that cover. Count me in.
    Sam @ WLABB

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  4. Definitely intrigued with this one! Hope we'll both enjoy it in time!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  5. Oh my goodness, this is AMAZING. GIMME! Here's mine: http://editingeverything.com/blog/2017/05/03/waiting-oncant-wait-wednesday-girl-kellers-way/

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  6. This cover is so cool, and the story sounds amazing! I know it's hard to try debut authors sometimes, but you never know, this could be a good one!

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    1. I am very sure that the book will be great! Crossing my fingers. :D

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  7. I've been seeing this book around on blogs but I hadn't actually bothered to read the synopsis until now and wow, I definitely need this book! :D

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  8. This sounds like an interesting story! I am loving the summary it doesn't sound like anything that I have ever read. Great pick!!

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    1. It sounds so different! I'm excited. Thank you, Kristyn!

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  9. YES!! I need to read this one asap! It sounds amazing.
    I hope we both love it when we get to read it :)
    Here is my WOW 

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    1. I'm crossing my fingers for both of us!

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  10. Yesss I am dying to read this one too!! It sounds amazing :D

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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  11. I am so, so excited for this one! It sounds fantastic, and I've heard nothing but rave reviews so far!

    Madalyn // Novel Ink

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    1. Seriously though! I have yet to see a negative review as well! Which is awesome. ^_^

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  12. AWESOME PICK ALYSSA!! I'm also so excited for this one, it sounds amazing :) I'm a bit unsure what I think of the cover, though - the colours are a bit off? The green seems like the wrong choice.

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    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I love the cover and its colors - but maybe the finished copy will look "better" in terms of the hue?

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  13. Oh wow, this one sounds pretty intense, but I love it! lol! I also really love that cover. I hope you get to read this one, and absolutely love it!

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  14. I don't like covers that have snakes on them...yuck! I do like a good anti-hero story though. Great pick!

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    1. Awwww! I get it though. Thank you, Carole!

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  15. Love that cover due to the colors!! Hope you enjoy :D

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  16. I just learned of this book earlier in the week! It definitely sounds interesting :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. That is neat! Hopefully you get the chance to read it, Mogsy!

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  17. What a cover! Sounds like a good book too...

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  18. Wow! This looks like an amazing book! I hope you enjoy it!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  19. Yes, great pick! I have this one and I'm very excited for it ..and at the same time, freaked out by the heart-eating thing lol. We'll see how it goes!

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  20. I think every YA reader is dying to get their hands on this one! Twitter has been abuzz about this book for several weeks now and I can see why - it looks awesome, and has a gorgeous cover. Sold!

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  21. Oooh I hadn't heard of this book before. The cover is creepy yet fascinating. Hope you wnjoy it! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  22. I can't wait to read this too! Great pick!

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  23. I know what I'm buying for my bday!

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  24. I've heard so many good things about this book, I thought it was out already!
    I hope we both enjoy it!

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  25. Lovely pick Alyssa :D I hope you'll love this book a bunch. <3 I haven't read the summary yet, haha ;) But I will. After I see someone read and love it :D

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  26. This cover is so beautiful, but I can't decide if I want to read it or not. So I chose not to request an e-galley of it. Will be interested to see what you think of it once you get it. Thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post earlier on Lisa Loves Literature!

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  27. Aww yea, this sounds fantastic! I do love a good anti hero and I especially love the this is an Asian fantasy! Definitely excited for this, too! Awesome pick, Alyssa!

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