In the Vanisher’s Palace

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets…

Aliette de Bodard’s In the Vanisher’s Palace is a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast—available October 16th from JABberwocky.

 

 

Chapter 1
Fish, Gate, River, Storm

The first inkling that things were going wrong was when the voices in Oanh’s room fell silent.

To Yên ...