The Emperor and the Endless Palace

A Romantasy Novel

by Justinian Huang

On Sale: 03/26/2024

The Emperor and the Endless Palace

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The Emperor and the Endless Palace

A Romantasy Novel

by Justinian Huang

On Sale: 03/26/2024


About the Book

"A sweeping triumph in queer romance." –Booklist

“What if I told you that the feeling we call love is actually the feeling of metaphysical recognition, when your soul remembers someone from a previous life?”

In the year 4 BCE, an ambitious courtier is called upon to seduce the young emperorbut quickly discovers they are both ruled by blood, sex and intrigue.

In 1740, a lonely innkeeper agrees to help a mysterious visitor procure a rare medicine, only to unleash an otherworldly terror instead.

And in present-day Los Angeles, a college student meets a beautiful stranger and cannot shake the feeling they’ve met before.

Across these seemingly unrelated timelines woven together only by the twists and turns of fate, two men are reborn, lifetime after lifetime. Within the treacherous walls of an ancient palace and the boundless forests of the Asian wilderness to the heart-pounding cement floors of underground rave scenes, our lovers are inexplicably drawn to each other, constantly tested by the worlds around them.

As their many lives intertwine, they begin to realize the power of their undying love—a power that transcends time itself…but one that might consume them both.

An unpredictable roller coaster of a debut novel, The Emperor and the Endless Palace is a genre-bending spicy romantasy that challenges everything we think we know about true love.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Emperor and the Endless Palace is a heart-pounding romantasy, full of shocking twists, morally shifty characters, and erotic thrills. When it comes to the romance within this novel, you can expect equal parts mess and swoon, but its central thread is an epic tale of true love against all the odds.


Critical Praise

“Exquisitely crafted, dazzlingly rendered, and searingly romantic, The Emperor and the Endless Palace is a technicolor dream of passion, obsession, and transcendent love. Huang’s genre-bending debut is vividly mesmerizing.” — Amélie Wen Zhao, New York Times bestselling author of Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

“At once page-turning and deeply thoughtful, Huang’s excellent debut conjures a sweeping gay love story that unfolds across multiple timelines…this mesmerizing debut is not to be missed.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Opulent…a mystical story of star-crossed lovers who chase true love and atonement across thousands of lifetimes” —Library Journal

“An epic vision of romance, destiny, and Chinese folklore. This lyrical, adventure-filled fantasy will completely pull you in and leave your heart pounding.” —Dustin Thao, New York Times bestselling author

"With great skill and verve, Justinian Huang has written a groundbreaking novel. The Emperor and the Endless Palace captures the splendor and intrigue of Imperial China, even as it celebrates queer Asian love and lust through the centuries." —David Henry Hwang, author and Tony-winning playwright of M Butterfly

“This is the sexiest and most compelling read of what is, I think, a brand-new genre: Historical, erotic, reincarnation romance. I couldn't put it down.” —Lynda Obst, Hollywood producer of Interstellar and Contact

"A compelling, genre-bending romantic epic about two lovers destined to meet lifetime after lifetime. The inexplicable push and pull of their supernatural connection will keep readers jumping across timelines to see what lies in store for these fated mates." —Julie Tieu, author of Fancy Meeting You Here

"The Emperor and the Endless Palace is the story of an iconic queer romance that transcends time and defies fate; it is, moreover, an exuberant celebration of beautiful Asian men across eons. Sultry, irreverent, and thoroughly entertaining—I couldn’t put it down! Justinian Huang is a brilliantly imaginative storyteller, and his debut novel announces a bold literary voice for the ages." —Jean Chen Ho, author of Fiona and Jane

"A frisky romp across continents and dynasties that imparts some profound truths about romance along the way. Justinian Huang's debut is a red-hot and magical love story for the ages." —Daniel Nieh, author of Beijing Payback

"An epic love story that transcends lifetimes... It is, simply, spectacular." —Reactor -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780778305231
  • ISBN 10: 0778305236
  • Imprint: MIRA
  • On Sale: 03/26/2024
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:35.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Gay
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Cultural Heritage

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