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The Girl King

(2019)
(The first book in the Girl King series)
A novel by

 
 
“Absolutely fantastic.” -Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
“Heart-pounding.” -Buzzfeed
* “Masterful.” -School Library Journal, starred review

In this dark, sweeping fantasy perfect for fans of Girls of Paper and Fire and Wicked Saints, Princesses Lu and Min find themselves on opposite sides of a war to rule their Empire.


Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father's heir and become the dynasty's first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names a new heir--their male cousin, Set.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes in search of allies, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, the lone, unlikely survivor of the Ashina, a clan of nomadic wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift--or to trust the empire that killed his family--but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his true power.

As Lu and Nok form a tenuous alliance, Min's own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign . . . or allow her to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters' greatest enemy could very well turn out to be each other.

This sweeping fantasy set against a world of ancient magic and political intrigue weaves an unforgettable story of ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"An absolutely fantastic tale of legends, magic and destiny, Mimi Yu's THE GIRL KING kept the pages turning. The myths are awesome, the heroes are unsinkable, and the antagonists are chock-full of twisted agendas. If you're down with dangerous magic, clans of shapeshifters, and worthy girls who somehow STILL need to prove their worth, then you will love this as much as I did." - Kendare Blake

"This action-packed epic fantasy engrossed me from the first page. Lu is a heroine for the ages!" - Julie C Dao

"The Girl King is an intricate, richly crafted fantasy that will draw you in and keep you guessing to the last stunning battle." - Heidi Heilig

"Fierce and unforgettable, THE GIRL KING is an epic fantasy of tremendous lyrical power; that rare novel that leaves you breathless, as though your dreams and heart are bigger than your body. There's no greater pleasure than to find a novel that makes you feel more alive - Mimi Yu has that gift of magic." - Marjorie M Liu

"Everything I want in a high fantasy. Yu draws fluently from history to create an exquisite world, brings it to life with gorgeous and atmospheric prose, and populates it with fascinating characters. . . I can't wait to see what this very talented author does next." - Samantha Shannon


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Hardback Editions

January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
ISBN: 1-68119-889-4 / 978-1-68119-889-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
ISBN: 1-5476-0308-9 / 978-1-5476-0308-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
ISBN: 1-4732-2312-1 / 978-1-4732-2312-7 (UK edition)
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Girl King
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ISBN: 1-4732-2311-3 / 978-1-4732-2311-0 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
ISBN: 1-978683-37-5 / 978-1-978683-37-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Girl King
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Publisher: Orion
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
Publisher: Orion
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
Publisher: Gollancz
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January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Girl King
Author(s): Mimi Yu
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA