This quasi-epistolary work recounts the relationship between O-Shizuka (the Phoenix Empress, Daughter of Heaven, the Light of Hokaro, Celestial Flame, and swordswoman extraordinaire) and Barsalyya Shefali Alshar (Qorin horsewoman and leader). The two were born a month apart, mystically connected from their birth, both through omens and through the belief of their mothers, and yet vastly different in their upbringings and passions. Both their peoples engage in battle against invading demons in the Asian-inspired landscape. K. is a passionate tabletop fantasy gamer, and that influence comes through in the best way as Shizuka and Shefali face trials and tribulations together and separately. Compelling characters – I can’t wait to return to this world for more adventures— From Nifty Novels and More from Maryelizabeth
“Badass ladies slaying demons, defying conventions, and saving the world on their own terms? Count me in. The Tiger's Daughter is an honest-to-goodness sweeping epic fantasy unlike any I have read. I don't remember ever being so excited for a new series. The characters in this story are so fully realized, the landscapes so vivid, I didn't even realize I'd been so swept away until I turned the last page. I endured with O Shizuka, princess, the divine made flesh, and finest blade in all Hokkaro; I raged with Barsalai Shefali Alsharyaa, demon slayer, horse whisperer, and infamous Qorin warrior. I didn't want to leave them, and I can't wait for the next installment.”
— Heather Weldon, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
K Arsenault Rivera's debut, The Tiger's Daughter, the beginning of a new epic fantasy trilogy
"Rich, expansive, and grounded in human truth...simply exquisite.” —V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series
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Even gods can be slain
The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.
Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.
This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.
A crack in the wall heralds the end…two goddesses arm themselves…K Arsenault Rivera's The Tiger’s Daughter is an adventure for the ages.
Praise for The Tiger's Daughter
"K Arsenault Rivera turns many of the standard conventions of fantasy on their heads....A love letter... lavishly chronicling how two women fall in love.... thoughtfully rendered and palpably felt." — The Washington Post
"Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Tiger’s Daughter sinks its claws into a reader and refuses to let them go until the very last page...As a word, ambitious sums up this debut." —Culturess
“The epistolary tale at the heart of The Tiger’s Daughter unfolds with deceptive elegance, leading the reader to a conclusion at once unexpected, touching, and apt.” —Jacqueline Carey, author of the bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series
"A layered and mesmerizing tale of love and legends, this fierce story will settle in your bones like a chill and leave your heart aching.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"Delicate, intricate, inevitable...a stunning debut. It took my breath away.” —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway