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  • Published: 6 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761346804
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $27.99

The Girl with No Reflection




A young woman chosen as the crown prince’s bride must travel to the royal palace to meet her new husband—but her world is shaken when she discovers the dark truth the royal family has been hiding for centuries—in this lush fantasy debut perfect for fans of Amélie Wen Zhao and Iron Widow.

Ying Yue believes in love. So when the royal matchmaker selects her to wed the crown prince, Ying hopes that love is exactly what awaits her. No matter that the royal family is notoriously reclusive, rarely leaving their walled palace—and no matter the rumors about the previous royal brides, who after their weddings, were supposedly never seen again. Ying knows that she was chosen for a reason. After all, why else would the matchmaker select her, out of all the girls in the kingdom?

Yet upon her arrival at the royal palace, Ying’s dreams of a fairy tale wedding quickly disintegrate. Her husband-to-be is cold, stoic, and utterly infuriating—he and Ying can’t make it through a single conversation without wanting to throttle each other. Left alone in her room with only her own reflection for company, Ying begins to see things. Strange things. When Ying discovers a secret parallel world accessible through the palace mirrors, she thinks she’s found the perfect way to escape her upcoming nuptials. In this mirror universe, the prince is kind and compassionate, and it isn’t long before he and Ying start to fall for one another. But there is darkness in this new world, too. It turns out, Ying was chosen as the prince’s bride for a reason—but not the reason she thinks. The two worlds have a long and bloody history, and Ying has a part to play in the future of them both. And the brides who came before Ying? By the time they found out what their role was, it was already too late.

'The perfect blend of royal court drama and spine-chilling horror. The Girl With No Reflection is uniquely enthralling, pushing the bounds of fantasy and exceeding with brilliance.' Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
'A fairytale at once ornate and lovely yet filled with sharp edges, The Girl With No Reflection reads like petals dappling a pond with mirrored shadows lurking beneath the surface. Keshe Chow’s enchanting entry into Chinese fantasy is eerily beautiful, wickedly romantic, and delightfully twisty!' Amélie Wen Zhao, New York Times bestselling author of Song of Silver, Flame Like Night
'A brilliant and fresh new fantasy from debut author Keshe Chow . . . Ying is a wonderful protagonist: witty, brave, and always ready to fight for what’s right—and this book is an absolute delight!' Vanessa Len, internationally bestselling author of Only A Monster and Never A Hero

  • Published: 6 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761346804
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Keshe Chow

Keshe Chow is a Malaysian-born Chinese-Australian writer of novels, short fiction, and poetry. She won the 2020 Perito Prize, the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction, the 2021 Yarra Literature Prize, and the 2022 Victorian Premier's Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript. The Girl With No Reflection is her debut novel.

Praise for The Girl with No Reflection

The perfect blend of royal court drama and spine-chilling horror. The Girl With No Reflection is uniquely enthralling, pushing the bounds of fantasy and exceeding with brilliance.

Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

A fairytale at once ornate and lovely yet filled with sharp edges, The Girl With No Reflection reads like petals dappling a pond with mirrored shadows lurking beneath the surface. Keshe Chow’s enchanting entry into Chinese fantasy is eerily beautiful, wickedly romantic, and delightfully twisty!

Amélie Wen Zhao, New York Times bestselling author of Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

The Girl With No Reflection is a brilliant and fresh new fantasy from debut author Keshe Chow. On the eve of marrying the handsome crown prince, Ying is dragged through the mirror into a world of cold doppelgängers, romance, and thrilling twists and turns. Ying is a wonderful protagonist: witty, brave, and always ready to fight for what’s right—and this book is an absolute delight!

Vanessa Len, internationally bestselling author of Only A Monster and Never A Hero

With a killer premise and evocative writing to boot, The Girl with No Reflection achieves the perfect alchemy between dark fantasy, palace intrigue, and pulse-pounding romance.

Joan He, author of Strike the Zither

A unique, gorgeous novel that blends gothic horror with Chinese myths.

Sunyi Dean, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Book Eaters

The Girl with No Reflection is everything I love about YA fantasy. Keshe Chow's debut novel is driven by compelling lore and clever prophecies, not to mention plot twists that keep the reader on their toes—and a romance story fiery enough to break and then mend the world. I absolutely could not put this book down!

Katie Zhao, author of How We Fall Apart

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