[Blog Tour Review] Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao + Giveaway

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Disclosure: *I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as a participant for the blog tour hosted by Erika @nocturnalfey – Thank you. Also, I would like to thanks, too, to Penguin Random House.


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Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute. 


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This is a wicked read of a rising empress. An antiheroine’s journey, you’ll hate and love and succumb for the risk of knowing how prophecy dictates a woman’s dark and envious mission.

Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns is definitely a book you’ll read for its writhing sense of wit and dangerous actions. A story with a protagonist goes dark side conquering her true fate ahead as the cards revealed. A twisted tale of desire, beauty, envy, and wickedness.

A deja vu happened to infest my mind during reading this book that reminds me somehow a piece of similarities of my previous read. How the main character delves deeper through her course that favors her success. Quite I expected from this story yet it still uniquely reestablish again in my mind.

I really have a mixed feeling throughout this. A pang of hatred for Xifeng, the antiheroine protagonist, yet I still adore her clever, firm, and brave self. A collision of turns of events. That nasty and gory ritual – you have to read this to know what I mean.

You definitely read this if you’re looking for a fantasy that weaves the story into a magnificent dark twisted feminine tale. Also, this depicts how the woman become a power to a man’s world.

Do I love this book? More than I can say I love it. This is just too great for a debut novel. A compelling and awesome one to say.

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Julie C. DaoJulie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York.

She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England.

Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes. You can visit her at juliedao.com.


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Blog Tour Schedule

October 27th

The Nocturnal Fey – Erika

The Royal Polar Bear Reads – Rafael

The Ultimate Fangirl – Bianca

October 28th

The Nerdy Side of a Queen – Nicay

dmcireadsblog – Danielle

Camillea Reads – Patricia Camille

October 29th

Bookablereads Book Review – Carmel

Reading Flamingo – Abigail

Amidst the Pages – Imo

October 30th

The Hogsmeade Reader – Danica

The Purple Nightingale – Janella

Descendant of Poseidon Reads – Joel

October 31st

Afire Pages – Karina

The Queen Reads – Elena

the broke biblioPHL – Hana

Thank you for reading!


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6 thoughts on “[Blog Tour Review] Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao + Giveaway

    1. Thank you, Nicole! 😄😊
      By the way, the title for the sequel was announced recently. It was called, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix and I’m thrilled about it.
      Hope you can read it soon as the book would be really great and wicked 😉


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