The Scarlet Alchemist (Hardcover)

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The Scarlet Alchemist (Hardcover)

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“I fell in love with The Scarlet Alchemist. Zilan was a wonderful, terrible delight to read. She is ambitious and unflinching; her callus personality stands out, yet she’s someone I unerringly rooted for. I eagerly await another installment.”
— Anna Koennecke, The Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady, NY

"A dark and glittering jewel of a book." --Judy I. Lin, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of A Magic Steeped in Poison

"Visceral to the core." --Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights


New from the author of The Keeper of Night comes a YA fantasy duology set in an alternate Tang Dynasty China, where a poor biracial girl with the ability to raise the dead gets caught up in the dangerous political games of the royal family.

Zilan dreams of becoming a royal alchemist, of providing for her family by making alchemical gold and gems for the wealthy to eat in order to stay young forever. But for now, she's trapped in her impoverished village in southern China, practicing an illegal form of alchemy to keep food on the table--resurrecting the dead, for a price.

When Zilan finally has the chance to complete her imperial exams, she ventures to the capital to compete against the best alchemists in the country in tasks she'll be lucky to survive, let alone pass. On top of that, her reputation for raising the dead has followed her to the capital, and the Crown Prince himself seeks out her help, suspecting a coming assassination attempt.

The more Zilan succeeds in her alchemy, the more she gets caught in the dangerous political games of the royal family. There are monsters lurking within the palace walls, and it's only a matter of time before they--and secrets of Zilan's past--catch up with her.

Don't miss the Keeper of Night duology
The Keeper of Night
The Empress of Time
Product Details ISBN: 9781335458018
ISBN-10: 1335458018
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 432
Language: English