Out on 18 June 2024

Daughter of Calamity

Rosalie M. Lin

18 June 2024
720 pages


An irresistibly dark, atmospheric reimagining of 1930s Shanghai filled with glamour, gods and gangsters - perfect for fans of S. A. Chakraborty and Fonda Lee.

'I was utterly swept up . . . seductive, sprawling, full of malice' - Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

In Shanghai, danger wears many faces . . .

1932, Shanghai. By day, Jingwen delivers bones for her grandmother, the exclusive surgeon to the most formidable gang in the city. By night, she dances at the Paramount, a lavish cabaret club, competing ruthlessly to charm the wealthy patrons.

When mysterious attackers starts stealing dancers’ faces for the powerful elite, Jingwen fears she could be next. To protect herself and her fellow performers, Jingwen has no choice but to delve deeper into the city’s glittering underworld.

But in this treacherous realm of cutthroat businessmen, silver-limbed gangs and vengeful gods, Jingwen soon learns there are far more dangerous forces at play than she could have ever imagined . . .

'Decadent, dangerous, and addictive' — A. Y. Chao, author of Shanghai Immortal

Darkly atmospheric and richly layered, Daughter of Calamity fuses the luxury of 1930s Shanghai, its criminal underbelly, and the powers of the gods themselves. This is a story that seeps into your imagination and persists to the very last page
Unfolding against a backdrop of shadowy club interiors, steam-filled alleys and overlooked temples, Daughter of Calamity is a novel that demands you turn the pages. I was utterly swept up in this tale of glittering cabaret girls and deadly gangsters, and Lin's incarnation of Shanghai-seductive, sprawling, full of malice-is a character in itself
Rosalie Lin crafts a world dripping with atmosphere and intrigue where gods and shamans wreak havoc in mist filled alleys while dance girls spin on clouds of gold and desire. Lin’s Shanghai bursts from the page, decadent, dangerous, and addictive. A thrilling debut