The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
Expected publication: June 5th 2018
As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.
Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.
Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of … even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.
I may or may not have mentioned this book in another post but no matter, my excitement for it does not change in any way! 😀 This synopsis in itself just sounds so intriguing and I myself have always loved Asian (or any cultural/diverse) settings… Oh I so want to read this I just know it would make an awesome holiday read for somewhere far away *goes off into a wishful daydream*
Because the publication date is quite far away, there doesn’t seem to be much information on this book regarding genres. It has been listed as fantasy and young adult so far and but could this just be an alternate historical of some sort? Either way I don’t really mind as the setting in itself is enough to have me sold 😛