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With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama 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. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut
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Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Tor.com
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Shealea
“Angry mothers raise daughters fierce enough to fight wolves.”

Absolutely blown away. Full review to follow.

* I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sana
Jul 08, 2019 marked it as anti-library
'...at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.'

'It's also a narrative centered on two fascinating women, the ways in which women are allowed to be angry, and the question of who is ultimately allowed to write the history that lives on.'

SO HERE FOR IT and also that the author and editor are both AsAm, that's the kind of rep to root for

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J.A. Ironside
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This was utterly spellbinding. A rich, surprisingly intricate tale that seemed woven of thousands of strands of silk as much as written. Aside from the fact that the style is exquisite, this is an amazingly powerful tale about female friendship, love, loss and the power of women's voices when women band together to remove the restraints of silence placed upon them. There are hints of fantasy here too and the story is set in a historical
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Rep: nonbinary mc, wlw characters, Southeast Asian (Vietnamese?) inspired characters and setting
The Nerd Daily
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Christina Ladd

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo unfolds from the detritus of empire: the gaudy baubles, the cherished mementos, and the trappings of office, whether salt or dice or garments. Empires might be won with weapons, but they are kept with culture. The Empress In-yo knows this when she arrives, a girl in the sealskin finery of her homeland that is ill-suited to the swelter of her new land. And as she sets about exploiting it in
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The Artisan Geek
Nov 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
29/11/19
Tor.com is one of my favourite publishers! The work they publish is amazing and damn I'm not going to lie, this 'feminist high fantasy' about 'empire, storytelling, and the anger of women' sound hella good!

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Mya Alexice
such a great example of whole world snuck into a novella. Nghi Vo's language is lilting and captivating, easy to read and get swept away. I'm really enjoying this tradition of TOR novellas by authors with marginalized identities, and would love to see Vo write a full length novel.
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Thank you Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


Ana
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this SO MUCH! This is my favorite book of the year so far ( I know thats not funny but like it is let me live). I loved the format this used to tell the story and I was really interested and invested in all the characters even though this only took like two hours to read. The themes were very interesting and subtly displayed and I think it does a good job of presenting ideas and preparing you for conversation. I would highly recommend this if the summary interests you AT ALL give it a ...more
Ana
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this SO MUCH! This is my favorite book of the year so far ( I know thats not funny but like it is let me live). I loved the format this used to tell the story and I was really interested and invested in all the characters even though this only took like two hours to read. The themes were very interesting and subtly displayed and I think it does a good job of presenting ideas and preparing you for conversation. I would highly recommend this if the summary interests you AT ALL give it a ...more
Nicki Markus
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to follow closer to release date.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tabor
The Empress of Salt and Fortune unfolds from a series of tales and preserved by the former handmaid, Rabbit, who served and guarded the secrets of Empress In-yo. The story begins when a young cleric, Chih, explores a nearby hidden palace while on their way to the crowning of the new empress. They discover Rabbi, who has been hidden away from the world upon the Empress' decree. Chih, who seeks to preserve all history, becomes intrigued as Rabbit as she divulges her truth through the various ...more
Jake Casella
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely and well-constructed novella, The Empress of Salt and Fortune follows a kind of archivist monk as they catalog the contents of the former residence of the titular empress. The surface story is very gentle and quiet, with Cleric Chih and their assistant, a magical bird, recording objects and learning more about them from Rabbit, an elderly servant.

The story they learn along the way, though—a deeper history of how the empress In-yo orchestrated a coup from her exile, and the secrets from
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Alicia Allen
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are no damsels in distress in this story.

THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE is a beautiful short story about a girl who took control of her destiny and helped others along the way in the most bad ass way possible.
I was really sad when I realized how short the book was, but what it lacked in length, it made up for in depth.
I can definitely see this book as a movie with beautiful imagery.
Lizy
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received this ARC from TDC. Thank you!

This Asian-inspired fantasy novella about a queer empress going to war without getting her nails dirty knocked my socks off. It's delicate as snowflakes melting on the tongue, more precise than ninja blades, and the story unfolds like a flower in bloom. 10/10 stars.
Freya Marske
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I got my hands on an ARC of this, I haven't met a tor.com novella I haven't enjoyed yet. This is a confidently executed framing narrative wrapped around a gem of worldbuilding, political fantasy, and quiet meditation on the anger of women. Lovely. Highly recommend it.
Leo
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Queer queer queer queer

This one features a nonbinary MC, wlwl side characters and a POC cast

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about the anger of women? say no more
Monique
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-release, arc
I will update this review once I have the words.
But all I can say right now is that this is a beautiful amazing stunning pierce of writing and I wish it was 500 pages longer.
Natverse
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Angry mothers raise daughters fierce enough to fight wolves."

Adored the style of storytelling.
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Nghi Vo lives on the shores of Lake Michigan, and her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Expanded Horizons, Crossed Genres, and Icarus Magazine. She likes stories about things that fall through the cracks and live on the edges, and she has a deep love for tales of revolution (personal and political), transfiguration, and transmutation. She’s a writer by trade, a storyteller by nature, a ...more