Empress Rising: The Hunt
In this Chinese urban fantasy, PERCY JACKSON meets SPIRITED AWAY and JOURNEY TO THE WEST.
Born with blood in their veins that runs only half Chinese, Faryn Liu and her brother Alex are shunned by the other warriors in the Jade Society, an ancient Chinese order created to protect the people of Earth from demons. Yet Faryn longs to follow in the footsteps of her legendary warrior father, though her blood status will keep her from ever wielding a weapon. Then, everything changes when Faryn sneaks out on the night of Chinese New Year and, with the help of a strange old man, saves Chinatown from the wrath of the nian dragon.
Days after the nian dragon has been slain, a god descends upon the Jade Society bearing a message with the opportunity of Faryn's lifetime. The Jade Emperor, ruler of the gods, has called upon his warriors to do what no mortals have managed before, and track down the mystical Peng Lai islands. Those who succeed will become immortalized as his Heavenly Generals. Demons that have been dormant for decades are stirring, and the Emperor knows war is on the horizon.
Armed with a powerful spear given to her by a goddess, Faryn and her brother must find the islands and prove that they are as worthy to be named warriors as any others. But the road to glory is littered with more than tricky gods and vicious demons. It's paved with betrayal and death. And for Faryn, living up to her father's name and her own expectations might mean turning into a monster herself.