Empress of all Seasons

Coming Nov. 6, 2018




In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yokai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren't hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yokai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit.  As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yokai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

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Praise for Empress of All Seasons

With rich mythology and elegant atmosphere, Empress of All Seasons will latch onto your imagination and sweep you along for a magical and dangerous ride.
— Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times best-selling author of The Testing Trilogy
Dark, daring, and utterly delicious. Emiko Jean is a bold new voice in YA fantasy.
— C.J. Redwine, New York Times best-selling author of Defiance
The story within the pages of this truly magical book reads like a fairy tale and centers around Mari, a member of a remote, all-female village of animal wives—yokai (shape-shifting) women who survive by transforming into monsters and stealing men’s hearts and treasure. Mari’s life plan has always been to win the competition to marry the prince of Honoku and become empress. To do so, she must conquer four enchanted seasonal rooms, while hiding her yokai nature. Jean’s world building is incredible and reflects her Japanese heritage, from the richly described landscapes of the animal wives’ home to the city of Honoku to the seasonal rooms. Action, romance, family, and self-discovery are all parts of Mari’s journey; and she is not alone in her complexity. Indeed, Prince Taro and members of his family are all intricate characters. One of the most appealing attributes of this novel is its singularity. In a genre that is quick to make trilogies and quartets, this is laudable as a standalone that fully tells its story within a single volume.”