The Night Ends with Fire (Hardcover)

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“Inspired by Mulan, this epic fantasy of The Three Kingdom War is told with gusto and a courageous female character. A combination of magic, compelling storytelling, action-adventure, and romance makes this one to read!”
— Gerard Villegas, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA


The special first edition hardcover will include a gorgeous, shimmering jacket with effects, brilliantly illustrated four-color endpapers, striking and detailed-stained edges, and a beautiful foil-stamped case.

The instant New York Times bestseller!

Infused with magic and romance, this sweeping fantasy adventure inspired by the legend of Mulan follows a young woman determined to choose her own destiny—even if that means going against everyone she loves.

The Three Kingdoms are at war, but Meilin’s father refuses to answer the imperial draft. Trapped by his opium addiction, he plans to sell Meilin for her dowry. But when Meilin discovers her husband-to-be is another violent, ill-tempered man, she realizes that nothing will change for her unless she takes matters into her own hands.

The very next day, she disguises herself as a boy and enlists in her father’s place.

In the army, Meilin's relentless hard work brings her recognition, friendship—and a growing closeness with Sky, a prince turned training partner. But has she simply exchanged one prison for another? As her kingdom barrels toward destruction, Meilin begins to have visions of a sea dragon spirit that offers her true power and freedom, but with a deadly price.

With the future of the Three Kingdoms hanging in the balance, Meilin will need to decide whom to trust—Sky, who inspires her loyalty and love; the sea dragon spirit, who has his own murky agenda; or an infuriating enemy prince who makes her question everything she once knew—about her kingdom and about her own heart.

About the Author

K. X. Song is a diaspora writer with roots in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Raised between cultures and languages, she enjoys telling stories that explore the shifting nature of memory, translation, and history. She is the author of An Echo in the City and the forthcoming The Night Ends with Fire, her adult fantasy debut. You can learn more at

Praise For…

The Night Ends with Fire is what blessedly happens when the themes of Hua Mulan’s legend are combined with wuxia principles and a powerful new voice in adult fantasy. K.X. Song’s soaring, emotive prose takes the reader on an unforgettable adventure in a painstakingly realized world, laced with fascinating characters that effortlessly play off of one another and twists that leave us reeling. I devoured every page of this truly epic tale.”—Thea Guanzon, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Hurricane Wars

“Sweepingly epic and tenderly romantic, The Night Ends With Fire is a fiercely feminist adventure about a young woman fighting to shape her destiny in a world of lore, magic, and war. One not to miss for fans of Mulan.”—Amélie Wen Zhao, New York Times bestselling author of Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

"An awesome, engaging fantasy that takes a hard look at the cost of being true to yourself.  Adventure, romance and dragons abound in this fantastic tale."—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series

“Exhilarating and intricately told, The Night Ends with Fire is both a breathless adventure and an unflinching portrayal of power, female ambition, and the costs that come with it.” —Grace D. Li, New York Times bestselling author of Portrait of a Thief

The Night Ends with Fire is a cinematic tale of epic proportions, with jaw-dropping twists and a take-no-prisoners heroine yearning for freedom, recognition, and glory. An explosive start to a captivating new series.” —Axie Oh, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

 “As defiant and courageous as its protagonist, The Night Ends With Fire ushers in a stunning new fantasy world. I couldn’t put it down - and I know I’ll be thinking about it for some time to come.”—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling series

 "The Night Ends With Fire is a truly enthralling epic fantasy. I was blown away by how good it was! With an immersive and compelling story led by a seriously fabulous heroine and sparkling with both magic and romance, it's the perfect wuxia drama, and I loved it. Make sure you have plenty of time free when you start reading, because it quickly becomes addictive!"—India Holton, bestselling author of The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love

“The climactic ending will leave readers anticipating the duology’s conclusion. . . . Song’s poetic prose brings together cardinal spirits, a flawed protagonist, and a plot inspired by the legend of Mulan.”Library Journal

"Legendary in scope with unforgettable characters, The Night Ends With Fire is an incredible journey that will set your imagination ablaze. Drawing on classics like Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Mulan, the machinations are complex, the vying factions fascinating, and Meilin's struggle for identity utterly gripping as she clashes with those who want to exploit her lixia for their own purposes. K.X. Song is going to set the literary scene on fire with her awesome new novel."—Peter Tieryas, author of the Mecha Samurai Empire series and Narrative Director at Nicalis

"​Meilin’s rage was so potent, to the point that I had to question where her thoughts started, and where Qinglong’s ended. The girl at the beginning of the book is vastly different to the one at the end, which made Meilin wildly entertaining to read about, particularly in the second half of the book...Hai Meilin is slowly climbing the ranks of my favourite angry, messy and powerful female main characters in fiction, and I am so excited to see the chaos she ensues in the next installment."—Grimdark Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593815724
ISBN-10: 0593815726
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 432
Language: English