When Rin, a dark-skinned orphan girl, gets into one of the most elite military schools in the Empire, it's a shock to everyone — Rin included. But even though this means Rin is facing a promising and free future, she finds life at Sinegard is just another hardship; her classmates shun and bully her for her color, class, and gender. Luckily for Rin, she soon uncovers a dangerous talent for shamanism, and realizes she might be the key to surviving an impending war.
Promising review: "This is compulsively readable, going from what feels at first like a traditional coming of age YA fantasy novel centered around our young heroine’s experience at Sinegard, an elite military school, to an utterly despairing account of war, revenge, and genocide. Pulling straight from the brutal war between the Japanese and Chinese in the 1930s, Kuang crafts a world based on our own but populated by shamans, and amoral gods intent on working through them. It’s heartbreakingly well written, with sharply drawn characters." —Robyn
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