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Julie C. Dao

Biography

Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England. 

Julie C. Dao

Books by Julie C. Dao

by Julie C. Dao - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden in a monastery while her stepmother, Xifeng, rules as Empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Jade doesn't want the crown, but she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the Empress and set the world right. Ready to returm as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends and her empire?

by Julie C. Dao - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

18-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined to be Empress of Feng Lu. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? In order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins --- sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.