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3.5 

Immortal Longings

By Chloe Gong
Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong digital book - Fable

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A NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Chloe Gong’s adult epic fantasy debut, inspired by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, is a “smart, imaginative, and brutal” (Wesley Chu, New York Times bestselling author of The War Arts Saga) collision of power plays, spilled blood, and romance amidst a set of deadly games.

Every year, thousands in the kingdom of Talin flock to its capital twin cities, San-Er, where the palace hosts a set of games. For those confident enough in their ability to jump between bodies, competitors across San-Er fight to the death to win unimaginable riches.

Princess Calla Tuoleimi lurks in hiding. Five years ago, a massacre killed her parents and left the palace of Er empty…and she was the one who did it. Before King Kasa’s forces in San can catch her, she plans to finish the job and bring down the monarchy. Her reclusive uncle always greets the victor of the games, so if she wins, she finally gets her opportunity to kill him.

Enter Anton Makusa, an exiled aristocrat. His childhood love has lain in a coma since they were both ousted from the palace, and he’s deep in debt trying to keep her alive. Thankfully, he’s one of the best jumpers in the kingdom, flitting from body to body at will. His last chance at saving her is entering the games and winning.

Calla finds both an unexpected alliance with Anton and help from King Kasa’s adopted son, August, who wants to mend Talin’s ills. But the three of them have very different goals, even as Calla and Anton’s partnership spirals into something all-consuming. Before the games close, Calla must decide what she’s playing for—her lover or her kingdom.

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458 Reviews

3.5
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Believable charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingFast-pacedSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictableImmersive setting
Slightly Smiling Face“I think it has a unique power system and I liked that as much as the royals try to hide they are not safe from this power either. I always love a morally gray character, especially a badass women that holds no remorse for doing what has to be done. I felt along with her at the end, where the rage has left and now you want it all to end. Love that last plot twist and can't wait for the next one.”
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“I think I’d give this book a 3.75 if that was an option. I liked it well enough, but it took me a while to get into and the ending…I’m unsure how I feel about the ending. The concept of this book is interesting enough- I’ll probably read the second book once it’s out & decide from there.”
Magical settingViolence

About Chloe Gong

Chloe Gong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Secret Shanghai novels, as well as the Flesh and False Gods trilogy. Her books have been published in over twenty countries and have been featured in The New York TimesPeopleCosmopolitan, and more. She was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2024. Chloe graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English and international relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, she is now located in New York City, pretending to be a real adult. 

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