You had me at Hot Dodgy Priest.
Jade Fire Gold
Author: June C.L. Tan
Publisher: Blink YA
Release Date: Fall 2020
Synopsis: Told in a dual POV narrative reminiscent of EMBER IN THE ASHES, JADE FIRE GOLD is a YA fantasy is inspired by Chinese mythology and folk tales. Epic in scope but intimate in characterization, fans of classic fantasies by Tamora Pierce and the magical Asiatic setting of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER will enjoy this cinematic tale of family, revenge, and forgiveness.
In order to save her grandmother from a cult of dangerous priests, a peasant girl cursed with the power to steal souls enters a tenuous alliance with an exiled prince bent on taking back the Dragon Throne. The pair must learn to trust each other but are haunted by their pasts—and the true nature of her dark magic.
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii…I need this book immediately. IMMEDIATELY.
Let me just hit you real quick with the tweet that introduced me to and sparked my interest for this book:
So let’s break this down real quick like:
- 100% poc cast: YASSSSSSSS!
- a prince who doesn’t want to be emperor: I like it.
- an outcast seeking revenge: Yes, please and thank you.
- a girl caught in the crossfire: PLEASE, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?
- adorable lesbian couple: Where is my swooning couch?
- hot dodgy priest: *actually dies*
- family angst: *chef’s kiss*
- political intrigue: Mmmm…now that’s the good stuff…
I mean, COME ON! This book sounds like absolute perfection. And I’m sorry, but you know the cover for this one is going to be stunning right? Like, I just get that feeling and I am desperate for a cover reveal at this point.
This book has been on my mind since the moment I first saw the author’s tweet about it last year. I’ve been trying to play it cool, but no more. I’m here to scream about this one for the foreseeable future. You can join me, but the hot dodgy priest is mine!
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