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.
Princess Lu knows that the throne of the Empire of the First Flame rightfully belongs to her. After all, she is the late Emperor's firstborn and has trained for the role all her life. And she made a promise to shapeshifter Nok, the boy she came to love, to fight for justice alongside his now powerless people. But even with an army at her side, Lu will need to face a major obstacle: the sitting Empress, her once beloved younger sister, Min.
Princess Min used to live in Lu's shadow. Now she controls a powerful, ancient magic, and she's determined to use it to forge her own path and a strong future for the Empire, even if that means making enemies in court. Except Min's magic isn't entirely under her control, and she must learn how to tame it before it consumes her... and the entire realm.
Nothing can stop Lu and Min's eventual confrontation. And with the Empire facing threats greater than their rivalry, even if they choose to stand together, it could cost them both the throne - and their lives.
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.