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The Girl King

THE GIRL KING is an Asian-inspired high fantasy about imperialism, sisterhood, and magic. It's told from the points of view of three major characters: Lu, an ambitious princess whose throne is stolen by a conniving male cousin; Minyi, her meek younger sister still trying to figure out where she belongs; and Nokhai, a boy born into a nation of shape-shifters, but who is unable to shift his shape.

Now available in hardcover online and wherever books are sold in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand

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Chosen as a 2018 BookExpo America Editors' YA Buzz Pick!

Praise for THE GIRL KING:

“[A] masterful blend of Asian history with a touch of fantasy. . . . Yu crafts a rich tale filled with detailed world-building that draws readers in. This mainly female-led ambitious adventure will appeal to fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“[W]ith its Asia-inspired worldbuilding, lush descriptions, and a weighty sense of history, this sprawling fantasy is . . . a strong debut.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced, seamless fantasy adventure full of action, mysticism, and female empowerment.” ―Booklist

“Recommended for readers who enjoy imperfect characters and complex plots.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An absolutely fantastic tale of legends, magic and destiny, 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

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, author of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE and THE SHIP BEYOND TIME

“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 Liu, New York Times bestselling author and Hugo Award winner for MONSTRESS

The Girl King is a delight! Yu draws the reader in to a new and intriguing fantasy world with fascinating characters and deft storytelling. I want the next installment!” ―Cindy Pon, author of WANT and SERPENTINE

“This action-packed epic fantasy engrossed me from the first page. Lu is a heroine for the ages!” ―Julie C. Dao, author of FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS

“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, New York Times bestselling author of THE BONE SEASON

“I rarely like action-adventure journey stories, but this one feels like it’s written just for me, namely for its primary heroine Lu, the one kind of character I’ve always wanted: an arrogant disaster of a warrior princess” —Gina Chen, review at Journey To The Best