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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

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The stars say eghteen-year-old Xifeng is destined for greatness, but only if she embraces the darkness within her. 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. First book in the “Rise of the Empress” series. New York Public Library’s 2017 Best Books For Teens.

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