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The Girl King by Mimi Yu

The Girl King

Title: The Girl King
Author: Mimi Yu
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a Buddy Read with Breanna at Paws and Paperbacks.

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal for readers of Sabaa Tahir and Alwyn Hamilton.

All hail the Girl King.

Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead—a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally—and an army—if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved…

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign…or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

This is the first time I will ever admit to a novel having too much going on for me to handle! Lu, the Emperor’s daughter destined to take the throne. Min, forever in her shadow and always trying to be the perfect lady. Two sisters who are very different. Everything gets turned upside down when the Emperor chooses their cousin, Set, as next to the throne.

Myths are what common men call history distorted by time.

In a story of deceit, death, betrayal. and magic, is anyone safe? While on the run from Set, she runs into Nokhai, who happens to shapeshift into a wolf…and the only one left who can. While things quickly turn steamy between the two, history shows their “people” to be great enemies.

Beauty was a weapon – one that required honing and care, like a sword. But also like a sword it could cut both ways.

Min was always the obedient one. Set to marry the new Emperor, she is suddenly surprised when she learns about a power she now yields. Both girls embark on a journey of their own, except what they want might lead to the destruction of the other.

What is popular is not always what is right.

The action is non-stop and intense. I was engulfed in the novel the entire time I was reading it and actually wanted to read more than the allotted Buddy Read chapters per day. I’m excited for the sequel!

The expected publication date is January 8, 2019.

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