ALL HAIL THE GIRL KING. Your greatest enemy is closer than you think.
Princess Lu is destined to become the first female emperor. Her sister Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. When their father declares their male cousin heir instead, his betrayal changes everything.
Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. Her path crosses with Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Forced into an uneasy alliance, they’re going to need an army to take back the throne.
Back in court, Min discovers her hidden power. It’s a forbidden, deadly magic that could allow Min to claim the throne for herself.
But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other . . .
‘I expect this to be one of the most talked-about books of 2019’ Samantha Shannon, #1 bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
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 PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE
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 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
An epic tale of fate, desire, family and love, highly recommended [starred review]
School Library Journal
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