The Art of Prophecy by Chu, Wesley
The Art of Prophecy -- Wesley Chu - Hardcover
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The Art of Prophecy -- Wesley Chu - Hardcover


A "superb fantasy saga" (Helene Wecker) of martial arts and magic, about what happens when a prophesied hero is not the chosen one after all--but has to work with a band of unlikely allies to save the kingdom anyway, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lives of Tao

"An ambitious and touching exploration of disillusionment in faith, tradition, and family--a glorious reinvention of fantasy and wuxia tropes."--Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education

So many stories begin the same way: With a prophecy. A chosen one. And the inevitable quest to slay a villain, save the kingdom, and fulfill a grand destiny.

But this is not that kind of story.

It does begin with a prophecy: A child will rise to defeat the Eternal Khan, a cruel immortal god-king, and save the kingdom.

And that prophecy did anoint a hero, Jian, raised since birth in luxury and splendor, and celebrated before he has won a single battle.

But that's when the story hits its first twist: The prophecy is wrong.

What follows is a story more wondrous than any prophecy could foresee, and with many unexpected heroes: Taishi, an older woman who is the greatest grandmaster of magical martial arts in the kingdom but who thought her adventuring days were all behind her; Sali, a straitlaced warrior who learns the rules may no longer apply when the leader to whom she pledged her life is gone; and Qisami, a chaotic assassin who takes a little too much pleasure in the kill.

And Jian himself, who has to find a way to become what he no longer believes he can be--a hero after all.

Author: Wesley Chu
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Published: 08/09/2022
Pages: 544
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.71lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.10w x 1.80d
ISBN: 9780593237632

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 04/11/2022
Library Journal 07/01/2022 pg. 47
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2022
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