PH Blog Tour Sign-Up: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1)
Author: Julie C. Dao
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Release Date: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Philomel Books

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.



Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel.

Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes. Julie is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

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I would like to thank Penguin Random House International for agreeing to partner with me for this 5-day PH blog tour.

This is a PH blog tour for Forest of Thousand Lanterns, a debut YA novel by author, Julie C. Dao. This novel is the first book for the Rise of The Empress series. This is a review blog tour, with the option of adding other contents such as fan arts, playlist, quotation graphics, etc, to go with your blog tour post.

The tour will run from October 27th to October 31st, 2017 with one to two blog stops each day. Netgalley widgets will be sent to participating bloggers, and physical copies will be passed along throughout the weeks before the blog tour. You must agree to pass the book within the allotted days you are given, shoulder shipping expenses for the next blogger in line, and to include the giveaway rafflecopter on your post.

NOTE: This is open to Philippine-residents book bloggers ONLY. There will only be 9 spots for this tour, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll have a spot if there will be more than 9 sign-ups. This will be on a first come first serve. 

For interested bloggers,

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