K.X. Song in conversation with Frances White

Tuesday 6th August 2024
18:30 at Waterstones, Nottingham

K.X. Song in conversation with Frances White

Please join us in welcoming K.X. Song to Waterstones Nottingham to celebrate the release of The Night Ends with Fire. K.X. Song will be in conversation with local fantasy author, Frances White.


Raised to obey. Destined to rebel.

The Poppy War meets Six Crimson Cranes in this gripping crossover fantasy, inspired by Mulan and Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

The Three Kingdoms are at war, but Meilin's father refuses to answer the imperial draft. Trapped by his opium addiction, he plans to sell Meilin for her dowry instead - but when she discovers that her husband-to-be is violent and ill-tempered, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

The very next day, she disguises herself as a boy and enlists in her father's place.

In the army, Meilin's hard work brings her recognition, friendship - and a growing closeness with Sky, a prince turned training partner.

But as her kingdom barrels towards destruction, Meilin must decide who to trust: Sky, who inspires her loyalty and love; a sea dragon spirit with the power to grant her impossible magic; or an infuriating enemy prince who makes her question everything she once knew - about her kingdom, her loyalty and her own heart.


K. X. Song is a diaspora writer with roots in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Raised between cultures and languages, she enjoys telling stories that touch on collective memory, translation, and the shifting nature of memory and history. She is the author of An Echo in the City and the forthcoming The Night Ends with Fire, her adult fantasy debut. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.



K.X. Song will talk about her new book with Frances White before answering questions from the audience. Both authors will be available to sign books after the Q&A.


Frances White is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Voyage of the Damned, a queer fantasy murder mystery at sea. A Nottingham resident, Frances is a creative writing graduate from Royal Holloway University of London. When not writing, Frances can be found sewing nerdy costumes or researching obscure historical facts.


To mark the thousandth year of peace in the Empire of Concordia, the emperor's ship embarks upon a twelve-day voyage. Aboard are the heirs of the twelve provinces of Concordia, each graced with a unique magical ability known as a Blessing.

Except one: Ganymedes Piscero. When a beloved heir is murdered, everyone is a suspect. Stuck at sea and surrounded by powerful people, odds of survival are slim.

But as the bodies pile higher, Ganymedes must become the hero he was not born to be and unmask the killer before he ends up the next victim of their bloody crusade.

Nottingham Waterstones, Nottingham
Tuesday 6th August 2024
Tickets: £5 / £4 Plus Cardholder
£20 including book (RRP £17.99) to collect at the event

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