Jade fire gold

June CL Tan

Book - 2021

"Ahn is no one, with no past and no family. Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child. When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities. But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined" --

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Genres
Young adult fiction
Fantasy fiction
Published
New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2021]
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
449 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
0063056364
9780063056367
Main Author
June CL Tan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Tan's richly imagined, magical debut will leave readers breathless as they follow the story of 16-year-old Ahn, who lives with her honorary grandma, Ama, in a tiny village getting wiped out by the encroaching desert. She goes about her days stealing food and trying to live with the fact that she remembers nothing of her life before age six, when rescued by Ama. But Ahn has a deep secret: she is a Tiensai, someone with strong spiritual and magic powers, and these individuals are hunted by obsessive and dangerous Diyeh priests. As the story progresses, full of action and intrigue, she deals with the threat of war and meets 18-year-old Altan, who is desperately searching for a Life Stealer so peace can be brought back to the empire—at any cost. Readers will be transported by Tan's fantasy, which draws upon Chinese mythology and xianxia and wuxia genres, making for an exciting blend of imagination and action. Tan shows definite promise in the world of high fantasy. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Tan's thrilling debut, an homage to Xianxia novels, 16-year-old orphan Ahn has nothing but a murky past and a secret: she is a magic-wielding Tiensai, a hunted people whose powers are said to be the cause of the land's transition into desert. The rightful heir to the corrupt Shi empire, 18-year-old Altan was betrayed by the royal family and left for dead; now, he seeks the Life Stealer to further his agenda. When fate brings the two together, they discover that Ahn's magic is the key to their desires: Ahn, to unravel her past, and Altan, to get revenge. As they journey to seek a legendary sword in the hopes of expelling the dark magic that has corrupted the land, the two earn each other's trust, which slowly becomes something more. Effective worldbuilding and vivid imagery suck the reader in to Tan's high-fantasy, Chinese folklore–inspired world written from two perspectives. A strong cast of supporting characters—including a closeted emperor, a mysterious priest, and a queer spy couple—rounds out a book rooted in themes of power and imperialism. A glossary details places, cultural terminologies, and more. Ages 13–up. Agent: Elana Roth Parker, Laura Dail Literary. (Oct.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Ahn is no one, with no past and no family. Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child. When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities.But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined" --

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Ahn, with no past and no family, meets Altan, a lost heir, she sees him as a way to unlock her past and understand her arcane magical ability but the price may be too high to pay. 35,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Girls of Paper and Fire meets A Song of Wraiths and Ruin in June CL Tan’s stunning debut, where ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, rich magic, and a captivating slow-burn romance collide.In an empire on the brink of war . . .Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities.But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined. A stunning homage to the Xianxia novel with dangerous magic, fast-paced action, and a delightful  romance, Jade Fire Gold isn’t one to miss!  “An addictive story that is impossible to put down."   —Swati Teerdhala, author of The Tiger at Midnight series"Adventure at its finest. A beautifully rendered story that honors the great wuxia epics.” —Joan He, author of Descendant of the Crane and The Ones We're Meant to Find“An epic adventure!” —Elizabeth Lim, New York Times bestselling author of Spin the Dawn and So This Is Love “Epic in every sense of the word, beautiful as it is sweeping." —Roseanne A. Brown, New York Times bestselling author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin