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Immortal Longings

By Chloe Gong
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Publisher Description

A NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Chloe Gong’s adult epic fantasy debut, inspired by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, is a “smart, imaginative, and brutal” (Wesley Chu, New York Times bestselling author of The War Arts Saga) collision of power plays, spilled blood, and romance amidst a set of deadly games.

Every year, thousands in the kingdom of Talin flock to its capital twin cities, San-Er, where the palace hosts a set of games. For those confident enough in their ability to jump between bodies, competitors across San-Er fight to the death to win unimaginable riches.

Princess Calla Tuoleimi lurks in hiding. Five years ago, a massacre killed her parents and left the palace of Er empty…and she was the one who did it. Before King Kasa’s forces in San can catch her, she plans to finish the job and bring down the monarchy. Her reclusive uncle always greets the victor of the games, so if she wins, she finally gets her opportunity to kill him.

Enter Anton Makusa, an exiled aristocrat. His childhood love has lain in a coma since they were both ousted from the palace, and he’s deep in debt trying to keep her alive. Thankfully, he’s one of the best jumpers in the kingdom, flitting from body to body at will. His last chance at saving her is entering the games and winning.

Calla finds both an unexpected alliance with Anton and help from King Kasa’s adopted son, August, who wants to mend Talin’s ills. But the three of them have very different goals, even as Calla and Anton’s partnership spirals into something all-consuming. Before the games close, Calla must decide what she’s playing for—her lover or her kingdom.

841 Reviews

3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Very enjoyable writing style, super interesting plot and setting. The only questionable thing was the ending, I almost wish it had gone a different way, but still made me gasp out loud loll 😄😊”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictable
“It took me 3 days to get to page 45 before I realized I needed to DNF this book. It just seemed like I was reading The Hunger Games and I could not get into it. I’m definitely disappointed with this one.”
PredictableUnengaging characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I saw so many negative reviews of this book back when I bought it that I wasn't in a rush to read it. Now I'm wondering if we read the same book. I loved the writing and loved how immersive it is. The story has some plot holes, but I was so engaged with it that I didn't mind. And the romantic relationship is super cute in a really dark way. I didn't see the ending coming or the major reveal that we get in one of the later chapters. The action sequences are very well written too. The whole book feels like a dystopian Korean/Japanese/Chinese Movie. I loved it. I can't wait for the sequel.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveUnpredictableDark settingImmersive settingDarkViolence

About Chloe Gong

Chloe Gong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Secret Shanghai novels, as well as the Flesh and False Gods trilogy. Her books have been published in over twenty countries and have been featured in the New York Times, People, Cosmopolitan, and more. She was named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30 for 2024. Chloe graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English and international relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, she is now located in New York City, pretending to be a real adult. 

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