A girl king without a crown; a boy wolf without a pack; a new Empress without control: their paths will clash in this sweeping YA fantasy of privilege, power and the weight of history.
Princess Lu has long expected to become the dynasty’s first ‘Girl King’ – so she is dismayed when her father announces her betrothal to her cousin Set and names him the next emperor. Lu needs an ally – and an army – if she is to have any hope of reclaiming her birthright.
Nokhai was the lone survivor when his family of wolf shapeshifters was slaughtered by the empire. Nok never learned to shapeshift, until the same night he encounters the fleeing Princess Lu and their fates become ensnared.
Lu’s younger sister Min finds herself Empress to the new Emperor Set. But Min harbours a sinister power, one that could be the key to securing Set’s reign and merging the old magics with the empire’s modern military might. . .
An epic tale of fate, desire, family and love, highly recommended [starred review]
School Library Journal
Fierce and unforgettable, THE GIRL KING is an epic fantasy of tremendous lyrical power; that rare novel that leaves you breathless, as though your dreams and heart are bigger than your body. There's no greater pleasure than to find a novel that makes you feel more alive - Mimi Yu has that gift of magic
Marjorie Liu, New York Times bestselling author
An intricate, richly crafted, fantasy that will draw you in and keep you guessing to the last stunning battle
a beautifully written epic replete with magic, shapeshifting characters, complex political intrigue and the obligatory battles between good and evil . . . Strong female characters and a helter-skelter plot make for a compelling read
An absolutely fantastic tale of legends, magic and destiny, Mimi Yu's THE GIRL KING kept the pages turning. The myths are awesome, the heroes are unsinkable, and the antagonists are chock-full of twisted agendas. If you're down with dangerous magic, clans of shapeshifters, and worthy girls who somehow STILL need to prove their worth, then you will love this as much as I did
Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
The Girl King is everything I want in a high fantasy. Yu draws fluently from history to create an exquisite world, brings it to life with gorgeous and atmospheric prose, and populates it with fascinating characters. I expect this to be one of the most talked-about books of 2019, and I can't wait to see what this very talented author does next.
Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of THE BONE SEASON