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Book Tour and Review: The Commoner’s Destiny by Fred Yu @FredLitYu @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #FantasyBooks

I’m thrilled to share the exciting follow-up to Fred Yu’s sword-slashing fantasy, The Orchid Farmer’s Sacrifice! Read on to learn more about The Commoner’s Destiny!

The Commoner’s Destiny by Fred Yu
(The Red Crest Series #2)
Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Asian Fantasy

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His past is dark. His intentions are cloudy. When lies pull him out of hiding, can he fight off imminent destruction?

Ancient China. For Chen Han, honor sits above all. So when his name is unjustly slandered and his former brothers-in-arms rise against him, he doesn’t hesitate to counter the falsehoods. But his heart burns for vengeance after he learns his beloved father figure has been murdered by a hidden villain…

Joining forces with a beautiful archer, Han treks to a dangerous island only to spring a deadly trap. And as he discovers a plot that could drive the entire Middle Kingdom into civil war, he must become the very traitor he swore to destroy in order to save his people from slaughter.

Will he submit to disgrace to stop countless deaths?

The Commoner’s Destiny is the astonishing second book in The Red Crest Asian historical fantasy series. If you like emotionally wrought heroes, heart-pounding twists, and epic battles, then you’ll love Fred Yu’s sword-slashing story.

The Orchid Farmer’s Sacrifice by Fred Yu
(The Red Crest Series #1)
Asian Fantasy/ Epic Fantasy

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He was born of prophecy. If he can’t embrace his destiny in time, his country is doomed.

Ancient China. Spoiled and overconfident, eighteen-year-old Mu Feng relishes life as the son of an honored general. But when his sister is abducted and his friends slaughtered, he flees home. He soon discovers the mystical birthmark on his body has attracted an enormous price on his head.

Pursued across the Middle Kingdom, Feng finds allies in two fierce warriors and a beautiful assassin. When he learns his ultimate enemy plans an incursion with advanced weaponry, he must call on his friends and his own budding military genius to defend his country. His plan is desperate, and the enemy outnumbers him twenty-five to one…

Can Feng fulfill a duty he didn’t know he had and unite the empire against a terrifying force?

This is the second book in the Red Crest Series. This is a plot driven story and told from one point of view. So if I am telling you that it’s worth the read, as a character driven reader who likes a lot of POVs then you should give this series a try.

I was a little lost in the beginning because I thought that this would be a direct continuation of the series. Honestly, I think that is all my fault because I really just wanted it to be, so I could see what was happening to some of my beloved characters. I also did not read the synopsis, I just saw the cover and said yes. In this installment, you follow Han, who you meet in the first book. So yes, you need to read these in order, or you will be lost on many things. This book starts with Han’s backstory and continues through the timeline of The Orchid Farmer’s Sacrifice. Even though you do have some scenes where there is overlap between the books, it’s interesting how seeing it completely though a different perspective changes things. This book kept me engaged the whole way though, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. I also like how just like the first book there is a love story, but it is not center stage.

I do have a feeling that the third book will be from Ah Go’s perspective. If that is the case, it will be intense for sure from just the little bit that we know about his past.

If you like Asian Fantasy, you should start with The Orchid Farmer’s Sacrifice.

As a lifelong student of martial arts and growing up watching martial arts flicks in the 80s and 90s, Yu decided early on that he would write in this genre. Inspired by George RR Martin’s work, he decided he would write a series in English in this centuries-old Asian genre. Yu has written three previous novels, The Legend of Snow WolfHaute Tea Cuisine and Yin Yang Blades. Yu has aBFA Film and Television from NYU Tisch School of Arts. He was born inGuangzhou, China, but presently lives in New York City.

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