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JC Kang

Scions of the Black Lotus: Complete Tales of the Floating World

"""Blistering action, compelling characters, and a host of clever mysteries."" --Rob Hayes, SPFBO Winner and Finalist of Where Loyalties Lie and Never Die. For an imperial assassin, assignment as a courtesan feels like a waste of her talents... until killers target her clan sisters. As the Black Lotus Clan’s most formidable operative, half-elf Jie hoped the emperor would send her on critical missions to safeguard the realm. Instead, she’s ordered to infiltrate the legendary Floating World, where elite courtesans wage wars with wit, vanquish the staunchest warriors with threads of silk, and coax out secrets with gentle whispers. It’s a set of skills she lacks. An utter waste of her talents… …until conspirators try to murder her clan sisters. Now, with seeds of insurrection finding fertile ground in the Floating World, uncovering ringleaders could mean sacrificing her friends. Jie must decide who lives and dies. Because when faced with a nascent rebellion, your choices could save an empire. Or topple it."

The Dragon Songs Saga: The Complete Epic Quaret

"""Kang builds a beautifully balanced world with stirring characters and an unpredictable plot in this epic series that's finely crafted down to the last detail."" -- Emily R. King, author of the Hundredth Queen series Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the world. The Dragon Singers of old summoned typhoons and routed armies, liberating mankind from the orcs before fading into legend. Now, with evil stirring and hostile empires on the rise, the power of music stirs in Kaiya, a gangly misfit with the perfect voice. Without a master to guide her, she must rely on the lessons of a foreign paladin, an enigmatic doctor, a flippant elf lord, and an evil sorcerer to rediscover lost magic. Yet doing so means taking dire risks… Because invoking a Dragon Song can kill you. "

Masters of Deception

"Only an orphan half-elf and a conman can prevent an ancient evil from returning to the world. Hunting a traitor to the clan that raised her, half-elf spy Jie just wants to complete her mission and return home. Instead, she finds herself trapped in a foreign port, where warring crime factions vie for control of the city’s pyramid. Cassius Larusso, a local diviner and conman, knows why: atop the pyramid sparkles a Dragonstone, preventing the Orc Gods from returning to the world. His family’s thousand-year mandate to protect the ancient artifact is almost as important to him as filling his coffers with gold, his stomach with delicious food, and his bed with a different type of delicacy. Joined by Sameer, a paladin pursuing his forbidden love, and Brehane, a sorceress seeking her lost teacher, Jie must choose the right side in a game of shifting alliances and deception. Cassius will lie, cheat, and steal to get her to pick his. A wrong choice doesn’t just mean that Jie can’t go home; it could lead to the downfall of humanity."

Crown of the Sundered Empire

Only the demon in Tomas’ glass eye can save his village. It might cost him his soul. In a broken land where conquerors dream of empires, Tomas dreams of a day when the townsfolk won’t taunt him. After all, he’s the fishing village kid with a misshapen face. Only the Rune vendor’s daughter treats him well. To win her heart, he relies on a quick wit and local superstitions to convince her he has Diviner’s Sight. But if he did, he would’ve foreseen magic-fearing invaders plucking out his mismatched eye. Or the demon trapped in the glass replacement. It reveals a world beyond human vision, while whispering temptations in his mind. Now, with his village caught between the advancing armies of the Sun God’s mortal descendants and His Chosen People, Tomas must use a combination of calculation, cunning, and demonic insight to maneuver the forces of his world against each other—prince against prince, princess against princess, army against army—or see his home crushed forever beneath the wheels of war. But to do so carries a dire risk. Because using a demon could condemn your soul.

Prelude to Insurrection

" Only an orphan half-elf spy can avert a rebellion before it starts. Jie’s superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle. In this prequel to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her duty to the emperor and her sense of compassion toward the downtrodden. No matter her choice, it will have explosive consequences for her, the realm, and the upcoming war. "

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