Her Radiant Curse by Elizabeth Lim
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: August 29, 2023
From the New York Times bestselling author of SIX CRIMSON CRANES comes a tale of two sisters—one as beautiful as the other is monstrous—who must fight to save each other when a betrothal contest gone wrong unleashes an evil that could sever their bond forever.
One sister must fall for the other to rise.
Channi was not born a monster. But when her own father offers her in sacrifice to the Demon Witch, she is forever changed. Cursed with a serpent’s face, Channi is the exact opposite of her beautiful sister, Vanna—the only person in the village who looks at Channi and doesn’t see a monster. The only person she loves and trusts.
Now seventeen, Vanna is to be married off in a vulgar contest that will enrich the coffers of the village leaders. Only Channi, who’s had to rely on her strength and cunning all these years, can defend her sister against the cruelest of the suitors. But in doing so, she becomes the target of his wrath—launching a grisly battle royale, a quest over land and sea, a romance between sworn enemies, and a choice that will strain Channi’s heart to its breaking point.
Weaving together elements of The Selection and Ember in the Ashes with classic tales like Beauty and the Beast, Helen of Troy, and Asian folklore, Elizabeth Lim is at the absolute top of her game in this thrilling yet heart-wrenching fantasy that explores the dark side of beauty and the deepest bonds of sisterhood.
About the Author:
ELIZABETH LIM grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was raised on a hearty diet of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Before becoming an author, Elizabeth was a professional film and video game composer, and she still tends to come up with her best book ideas when writing near a piano. An alumna of Harvard College and the Juilliard School, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Elizabeth’s internationally bestselling novels include Spin the Dawn, Unravel the Dusk, and Six Crimson Cranes. She is also a contributor to Disney’s ”A Twisted Tale” series.
I have read both Six Crimson Cranes and The Dragon's Promise and I knew that Elizabeth Lim's amazing writing would take me on a journey into the same world with Dragons, Demons and Fight Scenes which I did not expect at all. I knew though at some point Elizabeth would tug at my heart strings but I did not expect it to start during the first Chapters of the story and I knew then that this would a special book. I was right and if you were expecting romance it is fleeting but for me it was about Sisterly Love and how powerful it can be.
I finished the book on the 10th August and had to take myself to bed a bit emotional and woke up with a massive book hangover and it is only now the day before my stop on the blog tour that I can actually put into words how much I loved this book.
For all the above reasons Her Radiant Curse scores 5 big fat stars