Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It is when we show off a book from our TBR that we’re looking forward to reading.
Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother, who made war to rule the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather’s throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.
Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards.
These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.
A central Asian inspired fantasy! And one I will be taking on my Christmas trip to Korea. Other reviews have said this is a fantasy world mainly inspired by Mongolia and I’m much looking forward to getting involved in this world and story. Mongolia is a place my mum was one day thinking of going to and it certainly appeals because I think I heard somewhere that it is one of the least densely populated places in the world. It also sounds like it will be very pricey to get a tour there so perhaps we’ll never get to go, but I have been looking forward to this book since I saw it in my library’s catalogue because of what my GR friends have said and the Asian influences. I’m also drawn to the description which hints at a dark story where a lot happens and characters who are forced to be strong to survive… I know this is common in a lot of fantasy books but I also know if it’s done right it will never get old and it’s the magical aspects I look the most forward to even though good characters and world building are a must too 🙂