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Chloe Gong’s New Book Blends Assassins, Immortals, and Spycraft and We’re Here For It

Think Shakespeare meets Game of Thrones. Foul Lady Fortune is her latest release—a ferocious and electrifying tale.

Chloe Gong has a new book. That’s the tweet.

Gong is a New York Times bestselling author and #BookTok darling who rocked the literary world in 2020 with her debut duology, These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends.

The duology is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, focusing on two star-crossed lovers from rival gangs who must team up after breaking each other’s hearts to stop the monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

Think Shakespeare meets Game of Thrones. The first novel rocketed to number one in the New York Times Best Sellers when it was released in November 2020. And more importantly for Chloe’s Gen Z cohorts, it became a TikTok sensation.

Foul Lady Fortune is her latest release—a ferocious and electrifying tale of intrigue and assassins, romance and betrayal. Are you excited? We are.

Will Readers Need Tissues?

In an interview by Evoke, Gong tells readers, “Foul Lady Fortune is the first book in a spin-off duology to the These Violent Delights duology, so it takes place in the 1930s following a familiar character as she fake-marries a fellow spy to investigate national enemies.”

Adding, “I had a lot of fun writing it so I like to say that I don’t think tissues will be needed but I have been proved wrong with my previous two books,” she laughs.

About The Book

It’s 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue.

Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging—and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption for her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country.

Code name: Fortune.

But when the Japanese Imperial Army begins its invasion march, Rosalind’s mission pivots. A series of murders is causing unrest in Shanghai, and the Japanese are under suspicion. Rosalind’s new orders are to infiltrate foreign society and identify the culprits behind the terror plot before more of her people are killed.

To reduce suspicion, however, she must pose as the wife of another Nationalist spy, Orion Hong, and though Rosalind finds Orion’s cavalier attitude and playboy demeanor infuriating, she is willing to work with him for the greater good. But Orion has an agenda of his own, and Rosalind has secrets that she wants to keep buried. As they both attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the two spies soon find that there are deeper and more horrifying layers to this mystery than they ever imagined.

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