The Tiger's Daughter

The Tiger's Daughter

Even Gods Can Be Slain

Book - 2017
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K Arsenault Rivera's debut, The Tiger's Daughter, the beginning of a new epic fantasy trilogy

"Rich, expansive, and grounded in human truth...simply exquisite." --V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series

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Even gods can be slain

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach--but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

A crack in the wall heralds the end...two goddesses arm themselves...K Arsenault Rivera's T he Tiger's Daughter is an adventure for the ages.

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, ©2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765392534
Characteristics: 526 pages : map ; 21 cm


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In this Asian inspired authorial debut, and the beginning of a new epic fantasy trilogy, an ordained friendship between an empress-in-waiting and a warrior of the steppes might be the best hope for stopping demons from taking over their world.

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CMLibrary_akeller Jan 03, 2018

A fantasy book set in an Asian inspired world with two strong female warriors who are queer? Sign me up! Everything about this book made me so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint. The book is mostly a long letter written from Shefali to the empress, O-Shizuka talking about their experiences growing up together and trying to save the world from demons. The two of them come from entirely different worlds: Shefali is part of a nomadic group of people called the Qorin and Shizuka is heir to the conquering empire. However, their moms were best friends and they were destined to be best friends as well. The relationship between the two girls is the best part of the book. This is the first in the series and I'm looking forward to what comes next.

Dec 30, 2017

K. Arsenault Rivera is a new author for me and this is her first novel. It is a heroic coming of age story of two girls as they grow into women from when they meet at five years old, introduced by their mothers who are both old enemies and battle companions. There is a lot of backstory neatly embedded in the main story.

One protagonist is the niece (and heir to) the emperor of an empire based loosely on ancient china, and the other is the daughter of the (female) warlord of the neighbouring steppe nomads. Despite the ages of the protagonists for most of the novel it is not a child's book. They are both warriors fighting various types of demons and their growing up includes struggling against and then embracing their mutual sexual fascination.

The fantasy world is well developed enough that you will want to read more just to understand the background. I hope this develops in further books

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