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24 August 2017

Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao

I was absolutely blown away by Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I was in love with everything - the writing, the characters, the settings, the story itself. It is truly wonderful to read and I recommend it to everyone.

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Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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5 Words: Family, power, magic, control, love.

I am IN LOVE. This book was excellent and far surpassed my expectations. It was everything I didn't know I wanted.

I loved the writing, the story, the descriptions, the characters, the manipulation and deceit and control.

I can't wait to read on!

I managed to nab this from the book trade shelf at YALC, trading away The Bunker Diary and holding the beautiful green proof with glee. I hadn't heard anything about this until after I had finished reading it, but the cover instantly drew me. Despite my fear of snakes, I was interested.

Confession - After about a day I had to cover the cover. The snake looks terrifyingly real and it was making me feel all kinds of sick and weirdly anxious.

I could not put this book down. Once I started, I was addicted and reading at every opportunity. I loved the story and quickly fell in love with Xifeng and the world she inhabited. The settings are gloriously rich, the writing truly beautiful.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is twisting and dark and haunting and utterly, utterly compelling. It is an exquisite debut, an irresistible commentary on the power of beauty and the lengths people will go to to keep it.
The beauty of this world is fading all too fast through the cruelty and thoughtlessness of men.


  1. This sounds like such a rich, vibrant, and beautiful book! I've never heard of it, or the author, but I love a book with a strong magic theme. It sounds utterly wonderful.

    Cordelia ||

  2. I really enjoy coming and reading your blog posts - I find so many different books that I would have never heard of otherwise! This book sounds interesting, it probably wouldn't have been something that caught my eye but reading your review makes me definitely want to read it! Great review as always :)


  3. I’m so jealous you went to YALC! Did you just love it?!?! I was sold by the last line of this post. Ugh it got me.

  4. This sounds such an interesting and intriguing story. The cover does look a bit scary, I don’t blame you for covering it up, snakes give me the creeps! Thank you for sharing this review, it’s always great to hear about different books <3 xx

    Bexa |


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