• Empress of All Seasons

  • By: Emiko Jean
  • Narrated by: Hanako Footman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winter 2018-2019 Kids’ Indie Next List

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren't hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

©2018 Emiko Jean (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group, Ltd.

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Interesting but…

This was a pretty interesting story….but I don’t know the last few chapters just seemed too rushed for me. I honestly wish the ending would have gone into more detail rather than to just be summarized in the end.

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not interested

I didn't enjoy the story. just didn't find the whole thing worth finishing. returned not finished.

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Once you get into it , it is great

The book starts with lots of set up for the world it is placed in. It is worth the effort!

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What a ride

This story was good. It was a little slow to start, but as it progressed and you get past learning the details you need to understand what the author wants you to know it does become very enjoyable. It went in directions I did not expect and even had my emotions going crazy at points. The narrator did great keeping my attention and I certainly will be enjoying this story again one day. I really liked it!

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a reasonably good book

This book certainly had real plot twists, and solid messages to share and teach. Not my favorite book, but decent. Worth a read if you need a book.