Heart of the Sun Warrior, Sue Lynn Tan

This cover is stunning, just stunning. It's yellow, with a palace at the bottom. Xingyin is at the top looking badass, there is a tree branch and smoke and flowers, and other streams surrounding her. She looks ready to strike and it's fierce. The things that surround her also cascade down the sides to surround the palace below.

This cover is everything that is right with book covers, it’s stunning 😍

“Sometimes there were no answers, sometimes we had to make them up as we went along.”

Xingyin is trying to move on from Wenzhi. Even though she has some reservations about Liwei, she loves him. Unfortunately, fate keeps throwing her back together with Wenzhi, but she will not forgive him because what he did was unimaginable. But the fate of the world is at stake, and she needs to focus on keeping her family safe and defeating the common enemy.

“The most dangerous hate is that which festers unsated.”

feelings So many feelings and nowhere to put them. And no one to fangirl with about these feelings because this isn’t even out yet. I didn’t read book 1 until earlier this year and swiftly declared it a favorite read for the year, and that still holds. But book two is some swift competition because this one made me cry a lot, and I love a book that can make me cry.

“For the fools do not fear the odds, the reckless do not care-and only the truly brave proceed regardless.”

There is something so special about the writing. It’s lyrical and thought-provoking, and I highlighted many things I hope to keep reflecting on. While I’m not wholly a fan of Xingyin’s mother because she is a bit flighty and weak, she is written well. The fact that Xingyin is such a strong character ultimately outweighs any lukewarm feelings I have for the Moon Goddess. All of the characters are fantastic. I cannot recommend this book enough. Thank you, Avon and Harper Voyager, for sending this along.

“Death would feast well, gorging itself over the immortal table it had once been cast from.”

Book Links (releasing November 15th)


About the Book

After winning her mother’s freedom from the Celestial Emperor, Xingyin thrives in the enchanting tranquility of her home. But her fragile peace is threatened by the discovery of a strange magic on the moon and the unsettling changes in the Celestial Kingdom as the emperor tightens his grip on power. While Xingyin is determined to keep clear of the rising danger, the discovery of a shocking truth spurs her into a perilous confrontation.

Forced to flee her home once more, Xingyin and her companions venture to unexplored lands of the Immortal Realm, encountering legendary creatures and shrewd monarchs, beloved friends and bitter adversaries. With alliances shifting quicker than the tides, Xingyin has to overcome past grudges and enmities to forge a new path forward, seeking aid where she never imagined she would. As an unspeakable terror sweeps across the realm, Xingyin must uncover the truth of her heart and claw her way through devastation—to rise against this evil before it destroys everything she holds dear, and the worlds she has grown to love . . . even if doing so demands the greatest price of all.

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