The Phoenix Empress

Their Bright Ascendency #2

K. Arsenault Rivera

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
adventurous emotional mysterious slow-paced

544 pages | first published 2018

The Phoenix Empress, the sequel to K Arsenault Rivera's wildly buzzed about The Tiger's Daughter, an epic historical fantasy in the vein of Patrick Rothfuss and Naomi Novik.

Since she was a child, the divine empress O Shizuka has believed she was an untouchable god. When her uncle, ruler of the Hokkaran Empire, sends her on a suicide mission as a leader of the Imperial Army, the horrors of war cause her to question everything she knows.

Thousands of miles away, the exiled and cursed warrior Barsalyya Shefali undergoes trials the most superstitious would not believe in order to return to Hokkaran court and claim her rightful place next to O Shizuka.

As the distance between disgraced empress and blighted warrior narrows, a familiar demonic force grows closer to the heart of the empire. Will the two fallen warriors be able to protect their home?

What the community thinks

summary of 90 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

dark 100%
adventurous 66%
mysterious 66%
reflective 66%
challenging 33%
emotional 33%
tense 33%

Pace

medium 66%
slow 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

3.78