Emmett, S. C.
Inspired by imperial China, this is a richly detailed historical fantasy focusing primarily on court intrigue and martial arts rather than otherworldly magic. Yala, a young Khir noblewoman is sworn to protect Princess Mahala in a dangerous, foreign court, but this task will prove more difficult than she anticipates, with numerous royal heirs vying for power and willing to kill anyone who stands in their way. Perfect for anyone who loves films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers and wants a fantasy novel with a similar spirit.
Meghan Casey (Queen's Square Library)