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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Empress of Salt and Fortune

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.

Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor's lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for."


The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a fantasy novella and the first installment in The Singing Hills Cycle by Nghi Vo.

I will be 100% honest with you, at the time I am writing this review, I don't remember much about this story which probably says enough about how I feel about the book.

I know that at the time I found that the story was okay, and the way in which the story was told was interesting. However, as I said, pretty much everything about this has now left my memory.

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