From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.
Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.
Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?
In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.
You guys, this book was so amazing! I wish I hadn’t been at the tail end of a slump while reading it because this could honestly be one of my favorite reads of the year! If you are a fan of historical c/kdramas, then you should read this book! It hit me right in the historical asian inspired feels.
Now, let me start off by saying Bao is the most cinnamon bun-iest cinnamon bun there is. It doesn’t help that every time I read his name I desperately want a steam bun (aka, a bao). But, he deserves the world and I was rooting for him the entire read. And Lan is a feisty little firecracker. Once she sets her mind on something, nothing and no one can change it for her!
So, anyways, I digress. This book is lush with description and honestly a beautiful read. It’s rife with headstrong females in powerful positions even though it’s set in a time where women were meant to be meek. It gives off a fairy tale vibe while remaining original. And it shows the power of making your own decisions and finding those you can truly trust.
*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*