The Empress of Salt and Fortune

The Singing Hills Cycle #1

Nghi Vo

fiction fantasy
adventurous challenging emotional medium-paced

112 pages | first published 2020

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.

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Moods

reflective 62%
mysterious 53%
emotional 49%
adventurous 40%
sad 19%
challenging 18%
hopeful 17%
dark 15%
inspiring 14%
tense 7%
relaxing 5%
lighthearted 3%
funny 1%
informative 1%

Pace

medium 54%
fast 27%
slow 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 51% | A mix: 36% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 17% | N/A: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 40% | Yes: 28% | It's complicated: 24% | N/A: 6%

Average rating

4.16