This is book number 2 in the Ascendant series.
K Arsenault Rivera's second novel, The Phoenix Empress, is the continuation 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
Once they were the heirs to a prophecy that predicted two women would save an empire.
Now Shefali is dying—and her wife is unaware of the coming tragedy. Shizuka is too busy trying to reunite a fractured empire and right the wrongs of her ancestors.
As the Imperial Army gathers against a demonic invasion, Shizuka must do all she can with an empire on the brink of civil war.
Their Bright Ascendancy
#1 The Tiger’s Daughter
#2 The Phoenix Empress
#3 The Warrior Moon
Praise for The Phoenix Empress
"The Tiger's Daughter was my favorite fantasy novel last year, telling the story of an epic quest through an original and engrossing perspective, and The Phoenix Empress expands and deepens the mysteries of this intricate and fully-realized fantasy world. I'm riveted by this story and can't wait for the next volume."—Martha Wells, author of the Hugo Award-winning Murderbot Diaries series
“The second entry in this epic fantasy series (after The Tiger's Daughter) continues the intense worldbuilding and time-hopping prose of the first... Engrossing and memorable.” —Library Journal
"The sweeping, lush love story between the Qorin warrior Shefali and the warrior empress Shizuka continues." —Booklist on The Phoenix Empress
Praise for The Tiger's Daughter
“Rich, expansive, and grounded in human truth. It is a story of star-crossed loves, of fate and power and passion, and it is simply exquisite." —V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series
"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