Sisters torn apart by war. Shapeshifters fighting to regain their long-lost magic. And an empire in need of a leader. In this dark, sweeping fantasy perfect for fans of GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE and WICKED SAINTS, two princesses must save their home, no matter the cost.
In this epic conclusion to The Girl King, two sisters war for a crown that was never meant to be theirs - though only one can wear it.
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.
Praise for The Girl King:
'Everything I want in a high fantasy' Samantha Shannon, Sunday Times bestselling author
'Mimi Yu has that gift of magic' Marjorie Liu, New York Times bestselling author
'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, New York Times bestselling author
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. - Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE
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 - Guardian
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. - Marjorie Liu, New York Times bestselling author
Mimi Yu is an alumna of the Popular Fiction workshop with Marjorie Liu at Voices of Our Nation's Arts (VONA)/University of California at Berkeley 2014, and VONA/University of Miami 2015. She also has a BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and an MFA in fine art from Parsons School of Design. THE GIRL KING is her first novel.