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The Empress of Salt and Fortune

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Cindy Kay

2 Hours 25 Minutes

Tantor Media

July 2020

Audio Book Summary

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, Nghi Vo's The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

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.

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  • Jon E.

    Not my cup of tea. I tried because of the great reviews!

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  • Erin M.

    What a wonderful story. It was very short, but worth it. A fresh style with poignant characters. I love the play on gender, the fantastical elements, and the slow building towards understanding. I will definitely read more by this author.

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