Title: The Empress of Salt and Fortune
Author: Nghi Vo
Publication Date: 24 March 2020
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley
A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.
Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor's lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for.
At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She's a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a short yet evocative read. The storytelling is spellbinding and I really enjoyed the way the tale unfolded. If anything, I would have liked to have seen it become a longer work, so we could spend more time with the action and the characters. I would definitely be keen to read more by Vo in the future. For now, The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a wonderful book for those looking for a quick fantasy read with a strong female lead and LGBT representation.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.