Julie C. Dao immerses readers in a stunning fantasy retelling in FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS!
Penguin Teen stormed BookCon last weekend with five game-changer authors, all of whom have major YA releases coming this fall.
We were lucky enough to sit down with each of the authors as part of a roundtable event and discuss their books, their inspirations, and their writing processes.
Julie C. Dao is making some big waves with her debut novel, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, due out on October 10, 2017. It’s a take on the Evil Queen legend (of Snow White fame) that takes place in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world. Julie sat down with us to discuss writing the progression of a villain, representing Asian characters, Hogwarts houses, and her first book signing experience!
Stay tuned as we present even more game-changer interviews tomorrow. We’ll also have plenty of fun coverage on all of these titles a little closer to their release, so be on the lookout for that!
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.