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To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods by Molly X. Chang (Hardcover)

To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods by Molly X. Chang (Hardcover)

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She has power over death. He has power over her. When two enemies strike a dangerous bargain, will they end a war . . . or ignite one?

“With hauntingly poetic prose, Molly X. Chang spins a tale at the intersection of science fiction, fantasy, and the very real devastation that colonialism brings down on colonized peoples.”—Xiran Jay Zhao, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Iron Widow

The gorgeous first edition hardcover of To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods will feature a poster, color endpapers, a custom-stamped case, and a foil jacket!

Heroes die, cowards live. Daughter of a conquered world, Ruying hates the invaders who descended from the heavens long before she was born and defeated the magic of her people with technologies unlike anything her world had ever seen.

Blessed by Death, born with the ability to pull the life right out of mortal bodies, Ruying shouldn’t have to fear these foreign invaders, but she does. Especially because she wants to keep herself and her family safe.

When Ruying’s Gift is discovered by an enemy prince, he offers her an impossible deal: If she becomes his private assassin and eliminates his political rivals—whose deaths he swears would be for the good of both their worlds and would protect her people from further brutalization—her family will never starve or suffer harm again. But to accept this bargain, she must use the powers she has always feared, powers that will shave years off her own existence.

Can Ruying trust this prince, whose promises of a better world make her heart ache and whose smiles make her pulse beat faster? Are the evils of this agreement really in the service of a much greater good? Or will she betray her entire nation by protecting those she loves the most?


Molly X. Chang is a first generation immigrant born in Harbin, China. To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods is her debut novel.

"The haunting story of a young woman caught between saving her family and standing up for the world she loves, To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods is a thrilling tale of magic and murder, intrigue and betrayal." --Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sword Catcher

"This book is a thrilling gut punch, both lavishly magical and devastatingly human. I couldn't put it down and finished it feeling sated and aching for vengeance." --Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer

" To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods is a captivating tale of rebellion and intrigue and the darker side of love, centered on an unconventional, multilayered heroine and an equally riveting villain as they ensnare each other amidst a dangerous collision of glittering worlds. This book is the complete package: a fantasy rich with heart and rooted in ancestral memory, a romance that will leave readers on the edge of their seat, and a story that will take one's breath away." --Thea Guanzon, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Hurricane Wars 

"An electric collision of science, magic, and a terrifying alternate history, To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods is the complex romantic fantasy you've been waiting for." --Hannah F. Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf 

"Chang has come out of the gate strong with this action-packed debut. To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods is a unique blend of science fiction and fantasy, with fascinating magic and a premise that sets up what promises to be a strong series. Readers will be on the edge of their seats wondering what's going to happen next." --Adalyn Grace, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Belladonna

" To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods is absolutely captivating, with a fierce heroine torn between love and loyalty as two worlds collide with devastating consequences." -- Emily Thiede, author of This Vicious Grace

"As ambitious as it is heartfelt, To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods cements Molly X. Chang as an explosive new talent in fantasy. I was swept away by this debut and eagerly await her next book." --Isabel Cañas, USA Today bestselling author of Vampires of El Norte

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