The Empress of Salt and Fortune

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 60%
emotional 52%
mysterious 51%
adventurous 39%
sad 19%
hopeful 18%
challenging 16%
inspiring 15%
dark 13%
tense 7%
relaxing 5%
lighthearted 2%
funny 1%
informative 1%

Pace

medium 54%
fast 28%
slow 17%

Strong character development?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 17% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 3% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

No: 35% | Yes: 30% | It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 8%

Average rating

4.16