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In the Vanishers' Palace
October 16, 2018  /  208 pages  (is this book fiction or nonfiction?)
From the award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen series comes a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land...

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village's debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yíªn is sold to Vu Cí´n, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Cí´n's amusement.

But Vu Cí´n, it turns out, has a use for Yíªn: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yíªn back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Cí´n seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yíªn comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yíªn will have to decide where her own happiness lies-and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Cí´n's dark, unspeakable secrets...

Advance praise for In the Vanishers' Palace

"Another stellar offering by Bodard. Her signature intensity is on display in this tale of people (and dragons) struggling to survive in the ruins of an alien conquest. Emotionally complex relationships interweave with richly drawn and deftly nuanced world-building." -Kate Elliott, author of the Court of Fives series

"A transformative experience. With dragons." -Fran Wilde, Hugo and Nebula nominated author of The Bone Universe and The Gemworld series
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