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Feather and Flame (The Queen’s Council, Book 2) (Queen's Council) (Paperback)
In this sweeping YA fantasy series, Disney's Princesses grow up—and learn to rule—guided by the magical Queen's Council. In Feather and Flame, Mulan must face a new kind of war . . . this time, as Empress of China.
The war is over. Now a renowned hero, Mulan spends her days in her home village, training a militia of female warriors. The peace is a welcome one, and she knows it must be protected.
When Shang arrives with an invitation to the Imperial City, Mulan’s relatively peaceful life is upended once more. The aging emperor decrees that Mulan will be his heir to the throne. Such unimagined power and responsibility terrify her, but who can say no to the emperor?
As Mulan ascends into the halls of power, it becomes clear that not everyone is on her side. Her ministers undermine her, and the Huns sense a weakness in the throne. When hints of treachery appear even amongst those she considers friends, Mulan has no idea whom she can trust.
But the discovery of a mysterious, ancient magic helps Mulan uncover her true destiny. With renewed strength and the wisdom of those that came before her, Mulan will own her power, save her country, and prove once again that, crown or helmet, she was always meant to lead.
This fierce reimagining of Mulan blends fairy-tale lore and real history with a Disney twist.
"Blackburne packs Mulan's happily ever after with strong female friendships, a sweet romance, and high stakes." —School Library Journal
About the Author
New York Times best-selling author Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while researching the neuroscience of reading at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, she’s switched to full time writing, which also involves getting into people’s heads but without the help of a three tesla MRI scanner. She is also the author of Midnight Thief (an Indies Introduce New Voices selection), Daughter of Dusk, and Rosemarked, the companion to this book. You can visit her online at liviablackburne.com.
“Stays true to the Disney canon while adding depth and maturity.”
“Blackburne packs Mulan’s happily ever after with strong female friendships, a sweet romance, and high stakes, making this an easy hand-sell to fans of the animated movie. Filial piety and ancestor veneration are woven throughout the story, their cultural significance flawlessly introduced to Western readers. Blackburne paints lush settings with historical details, bringing ancient China to life . . . VERDICT Mulan must fight a different kind of war to save China, and she is more than up to the task.”
—School Library Journal<br>
“Vivid and gripping, Feather and Flame richly blends Chinese history, folklore, and magic to tell the next chapter of Mulan’s epic story. With elegant prose and meticulous attention to detail, Blackburne weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice that will enchant readers.”—Emma Theriault, author of REBEL ROSE<br>