August 2021, Gollancz/Hachette UK, 496 pp
As the late-Emperor’s first-born, Princess Lu knows the throne rightfully belongs to her. She also can’t forget her promise to shapeshifter Nok, the boy she loves, to win justice for his now powerless people. Yet even with an army at her side, Lu must face a major obstacle: the current Empress, her younger sister, Min.
Princess Min used to live in Lu’s shadow. Now she wields an ancient magic, one she’s determined to use to forge her own path for the Empire, even if that means making enemies in court. But first, she must learn to control her power – before it consumes her . . . and the entire realm.
Lu and Min are set for an epic confrontation, but the Empire faces a threat even greater than their rivalry. One that could cost them both the throne – and their lives.
NOTE: Sequel to THE GIRL KING. English audio rights sold to Audible.
January 2019, Bloomsbury Children’s, 432 pp
With three revolving points-of-view, this diverse, epic, richly-imagined Asian fantasy is set against a world of ancient magic and political intrigue.
Assertive Lu has always expected to be named her father’s heir and become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while her timid sister Min expects to lead a quiet life in Lu’s shadow. But when their father declares Lu will marry her cousin, Set, who will take the throne instead, ripples shock the realm and throw the girls’ lives into chaos.
Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She forms a shaky alliance with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the Ashina, a clan of nomadic wolf shapeshifters wiped out by Lu’s father. Meanwhile Min’s own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that she could use to secure Set’s reign—or her own. There can only be one emperor and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.
A 2018 Book Expo America Young Adult Buzz Panel pick
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NOTE: Sold at auction.