The kingdom of Talin has a unique way of keeping peace. Mainly, they do so by keeping the people distracted. Every year, the palace hosts a set of games. The winner earns unimaginable riches. The losers? Well...let's just say their lack of money won't be a problem.
Enter Princess Calla Tuoleimi. She's been in hiding for five years and hopes to use the cover of this game to finally complete her objective: assassinate the King. She must destroy the monarchy before it's too late.
Okay. I have a lot to say about Immortal Longings, but I'll try and keep it short. First, I want to say that I was excited about it. Really excited. I love Chloe Gong and all of her past works (that I've read, obviously).
Unfortunately, Immortal Longings fell short of my hopes and dreams. The battle game element was lackluster, and the setting could have used more fleshing out before we were thrown into the plot.
Speaking of, I have a problem with the abilities of our main characters. They can just hop around into nearly any body they want? Not only that, but they can get those bodies killed? And have sex with people while in these stolen bodies? Did nobody see a problem with that?
Seriously. It'd be one thing if this was a foundation for a deep and much-needed conversation. But it isn't. It's treated as nothing more than a fact, with our characters glossing over it. Every time.
Obviously, I struggled to get over it. Ultimately, I failed.
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Set in the dense, ruthless twin cities of San-Er, which recall the historic Kowloon Walled City of 1990s Hong Kong, Immortal Longings follows Calla Tuoleimi, a former princess who wants to remove her uncle, the king, from his throne. Certain individuals in San-Er possess the ability to take over others’ bodies, which is on full display at a deadly city-wide competition each year. Calla joins the games to take vengeance on her uncle, who only ever appears to congratulate the winner—and makes precarious alliances with both her cousin, August, and her fiercest competitor, exiled aristocrat Anton Makusa. But Calla is running from a dark past, and only one of them can walk out of the games alive.
- ISBN10 1668000229
- ISBN13 9781668000229
- Publish Date 18 July 2023
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Publisher Simon & Schuster
- Imprint Gallery
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 384
- Language English