• Siren Queen

  • By: Nghi Vo
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR NGHI VO COMES A DAZZLING NEW NOVEL WHERE IMMORTALITY IS JUST A CASTING CALL AWAY

"Natalie Naudus's skilled narration adds to the luminous and otherworldly qualities of Vo's historical fantasy." -AudioFile on Siren Queen 

It was magic. In every world, it was a kind of magic.

"No maids, no funny talking, no fainting flowers." Luli Wei is beautiful, talented, and desperate to be a star. Coming of age in pre-Code Hollywood, she knows how dangerous the movie business is and how limited the roles are for a Chinese American girl from Hungarian Hill—but she doesn't care. She’d rather play a monster than a maid.

But in Luli's world, the worst monsters in Hollywood are not the ones on screen. The studios want to own everything from her face to her name to the women she loves, and they run on a system of bargains made in blood and ancient magic, powered by the endless sacrifice of unlucky starlets like her. For those who do survive to earn their fame, success comes with a steep price. Luli is willing to do whatever it takes—even if that means becoming the monster herself.

Siren Queen offers up an enthralling exploration of an outsider achieving stardom on her own terms, in a fantastical Hollywood where the monsters are real and the magic of the silver screen illuminates every moment.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor.com Books.

©2022 Nghi Vo (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Interview: Nghi Vo Adds a Touch of Fantasy to Hollywood's Magic

'Beauty, glamor—it's all work. It's all work made flesh.'
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Dark magic masterpiece

This book. Where do I even begin?

“No maids. No funny talking. No fainting flowers.” Chinese American Luli Wei has strict criteria for the roles she will take. She knows the roles for a girl like her are limited but she doesn’t care. She’d rather play a monster than a maid. Luli is a rising starlet in Old Hollywood, a place where monsters are real and not in a metaphorical sense. There’s a dark underbelly to the glamor here, blood magic and old gods and sacrifices made to devils.

This book was a revelation. A glittering dark fantasy story with just the right blend of real world glitz and fantastic horror. This book blurred the lines between reality and fiction in the best possible way. This was a magical queer racially charged horrific fairytale…

Naudus’s narration powerfully brings this story to life, the richness of the story playing against the innocence and power of Wei’s experiences.

This was yet another Nghi Vo masterpiece.

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Amazing concept, but didn't quite land for me

I think I liked this book?
The writing was delicious, every sentence lulling you in with its beauty. But when I think about the actual content, I’m left a bit confused and underwhelmed. I would have liked for the magic system to get a bit more explanation, there’s a whole lot that’s thrown at you and you never really quite know why or how, but you just kind of have to roll with it the whole way through.
I thought it was beautiful and charming, but I wonder if the book would read just as well if all of the magic was taken out. It certainly makes for interesting symbols and comparisons, but I don’t think it landed quite right with me.

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Not a Favorite!

I had no idea what kind of book this was but I hung in there for 4 hours and then had to quit. I could not understand the story or the characters and the narrator was terrible.

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Couldn’t get enough

I’m in love with the main character so much that I am re-listening to it now. The story was amazing. The magic was subtle and not too much. The main character stole the show. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entirety of the book I thought it was spectacular. Out of all the main characters I’ve ever read or listen to in my life the main character in this book is in the top three for sure!!!!

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A silken splendor…

By pure chance I came across this book… I am so happy that chance looked my way! Nghi Vo is magical with her storytelling! She is able to pluck the exactly needed words to paint the picture of the stories she is sharing with this world!
I fell in love and adoration with Luli/TheSiren Queen!
Natalie Naudus’s silken voice lends a decadent sweetness to this breathtaking fantasy.
I’ve definitely found a new author and voice actor

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Thank the gods!

Fiction is alive! This book proves it. Fantastic story told incredibly well. Thank you anyhow Vo!

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