Riot Recommendation: What’s Your Favorite YA Retelling of a Myth or Legend?

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Penguin Teen.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.

 


Whether rooted in history, religion, or folklore, retellings of myths and legends always make for an interesting, usually epic, read. King Arthur and Greek Mythology may come to mind first but there are so many myths and legends told throughout history and around the world that this is a well that will never run dry and lends itself perfectly for a YA retelling. So tell us in the comments below: What’s your favorite YA retelling of  a myth or legend?

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