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Publisher's Summary

The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman in this dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of the Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become empress.
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.
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 Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.
©2017 Julie C. Dao (P)2017 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"A richly developed fantasy world... Julie C. Dao is a talent to watch." (Marie Lu, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Young Elites)
"A masterful reimagining of the early life of Snow White's Evil Queen." (Booklist)
"Lushly written...tantalizing reading." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Lauralee on 12-10-17

Great Premise! Just Not Executed Well

Would you try another book from Julie C. Dao and/or Kim Mai Guest?

I would definitely try another book by Julie C. Doa. She seems to have potential to be a great author!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Currently, I'm listening to Journey to Star Wars: Leia Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Grey and The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe.

What aspect of Kim Mai Guest’s performance would you have changed?

I would definitely have made her voice more lively. It was monotoned throughout most of the book. She did great in portraying the male characters. However, the female characters sounded the same.

Did Forest of a Thousand Lanterns inspire you to do anything?

It quickly became a chore listening to this audiobook. Many times I contemplated returning it for a new audiobook. However, I forced myself to finish it. It was such a boring listen! The audiobook listens like a long drawn-out prologue. There was not much of a plot, and all the characters are one-dimensional. I will not listen or re-read this book again.

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By Natalie Cole on 11-27-17

A Different Take on an Evil Queen Retelling

I'm a little divided on how I feel about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed it. On another, I found some parts just to slow. I felt a little angry with Xifeng because she was so hung up on her beauty and what her "aunt" made her believe was her destiny. I loved the East Asian setting a lot though. This story was ok, but not as great as I had hoped.

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