Empress of All Seasons

Empress of All Seasons Review

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.

Title:Empress of All Seasons
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Melanie

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Do not cling to the hand that holds you down” Empress of All Seasons is an ownvoices Japanese fantasy that was a co...

  • C.G. Drews

    This is the kind of story with a world that will totally swallow you whole. In the best possible way! I love it when books promise epic and deliciously complex settings and then deliver. Like, tHANK Y...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Even though this one didn't fully work for me, I still think it'll be an excellent story for many readers. It's not to say I didn't enjoy it at all, but I think my overall feel was too middle-of-the-r...

  • may ?

    can someone tell me [inhales] what the HELL just happened3.5 stars “But not every happily-ever-after includes a man.” Empress of All Seasons is set in a Japanese-inspired world where every time ...

  • Lily ??

    “Not everyone is all good or all bad.” I’m going to use this quote as a starting point, and say: not every book is all good or all bad. Because it perfectly encompasses how torn I feel about Em...

  • Cait ? A Page with a View

    I sat on this review for several months to be sure aaaand I think this book just really wasn't a good fit for me personally... but many other readers will love it! It's an original, creative story wit...

  • Candace Robinson

    ARC received via publisher!...

  • Carrie

    Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean is a young adult fantasy book that is inspired by the author’s own Japanese heritage. I think if you took the Japanese infused story complete with monsters and t...

  • Acqua

    Empress of all Seasons is a YA fantasy book set in a Japanese-inspired world in which humans have enslaved magical creatures, the yōkai. Mari, the main character, is yōkai herself - as an animal wif...

  • Cindy ?? Savage Queen ?

    Hmm...cover's not bad. Definitely getting on Asian vibe so that's good at least lol ---A YA fantasy, steeped in Japanese folklore, that sounds like it was made to be an anime? Why have I not heard of ...