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The Art of Prophecy

By Wesley Chu
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Publisher Description

A “superb fantasy saga” (Helene Wecker) of martial arts and magic, about what happens when a prophesied hero is not the chosen one after all—but has to work with a band of unlikely allies to save the kingdom anyway, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lives of Tao
 
“An ambitious and touching exploration of disillusionment in faith, tradition, and family—a glorious reinvention of fantasy and wuxia tropes.”—Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Gizmodo, Kirkus Reviews, The Quill to Live

So many stories begin the same way: With a prophecy. A chosen one. And the inevitable quest to slay a villain, save the kingdom, and fulfill a grand destiny.
 
But this is not that kind of story. 
 
It does begin with a prophecy: A child will rise to defeat the Eternal Khan, a cruel immortal god-king, and save the kingdom. 
 
And that prophecy did anoint a hero, Jian, raised since birth in luxury and splendor, and celebrated before he has won a single battle. 
 
But that’s when the story hits its first twist: The prophecy is wrong. 
 
What follows is a story more wondrous than any prophecy could foresee, and with many unexpected heroes: Taishi, an older woman who is the greatest grandmaster of magical martial arts in the kingdom but who thought her adventuring days were all behind her; Sali, a straitlaced warrior who learns the rules may no longer apply when the leader to whom she pledged her life is gone; and Qisami, a chaotic assassin who takes a little too much pleasure in the kill.
 
And Jian himself, who has to find a way to become what he no longer believes he can be—a hero after all.

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Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveImmersive setting
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I do not, and will likely never, understand what a city pod looks like. My brain refuses to compute. And there ends my issues with this book. Seriously, I really enjoyed everything about this. The world was new and interesting, the characters were all well-developed and distinct from each other, there was plenty of intrigue and interest built into the world building, and the fights were just cool. Having clear character development for several of the characters, on top of all of that, was just the cherry on top. I started off reading, but ultimately switched over to the audiobook for the majority of the book, and I'm glad I did. Natalie Naudus did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readOriginal writing
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face
Likable charactersMulti-layered charactersFunny writingMagical settingComicalComing of ageDarkViolence
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“Got me very invested in all the characters’ storylines. I especially loved Jian’s growth. Taishi is 💯”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readFunny writingAddictiveComing of age

About Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve published novels, including Time Salvager, The Rise of Io, and The Walking Dead: Typhoon. He won the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. His debut, The Lives of Tao, won the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Alex Award. Chu is an accomplished martial artist and a former member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has acted in film and television, worked as a model and stuntman, and summited Kilimanjaro. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Paula, and their two boys, Hunter and River.

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