As of February 1, June CL Tan revealed the cover her upcoming Fantasy debut inspired by Chinese mythology through Twitter titled Jade Fire Gold, which is set to be released in Fall 2021!
Peasant girl Ahn and exiled prince Altan form an unlikely alliance and over the course of their journey, must learn to trust each other despite being haunted by their pasts.
Ahn, is eager to save her grandmother from a cult of dangerous priests and is cursed with the power to steal souls.
Tan’s novel will be told in dual perspective and has even been pitched by the author as, “What if Katara were the Dark Avatar & Zuko was hunting her down?” According to a debut author chat reply, the novel features “100% poc cast / cool mysterious monsters called Soul Beasts / tasty food descriptions…” and more.
On January 12, Tan even shared character art of her main cast on Twitter, done by Jayessart.
The cover artist is Guweiz, lettering is done by Catherine Lee, and designers include Catherine Lee + Jenna Stempel-Lobell.
Told in a dual POV narrative reminiscent of EMBER IN THE ASHES, JADE FIRE GOLD is a YA fantasy is inspired by East Asian mythology and folk tales. Epic in scope but intimate in characterization, fans of classic fantasies by Tamora Pierce and the magical Asiatic setting of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER will enjoy this cinematic tale of family, revenge, and forgiveness.
In order to save her grandmother from a cult of dangerous priests, a peasant girl cursed with the power to steal souls enters a tenuous alliance with an exiled prince bent on taking back the Dragon Throne. The pair must learn to trust each other but are haunted by their pasts—and the true nature of her dark magic.
Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan is set to be released October 12, 2021!