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Enjoy the October 2023 Young Adult box featuring The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker plus 4 gifts that bring this haunting historical fantasy to life!

How It Works!
  1. Start reading your monthly book! Each box includes an exciting new read and your experience begins the moment you turn to page one.
  2. As you read, you'll find "Open Your Gift" sticky notes! Unwrap the gift with the matching page number and experience the book coming to life before your eyes!
  3. Chat about your reading experience with readers around the globe! Our private Facebook group is the perfect place to meet dedicated readers like you!

About the Book

"A dark and glittering jewel of a book." —Judy I. Lin, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of A Magic Steeped in Poison

"Visceral to the core." —Chloe Gong, 
New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

New from the author of The Keeper of Night comes a YA fantasy duology set in an alternate Tang Dynasty China, where a poor biracial girl with the ability to raise the dead gets caught up in the dangerous political games of the royal family.

Zilan dreams of becoming a royal alchemist, of providing for her family by making alchemical gold and gems for the wealthy to eat in order to stay young forever. But for now, she’s trapped in her impoverished village in southern China, practicing an illegal form of alchemy to keep food on the table—resurrecting the dead, for a price.

When Zilan finally has the chance to complete her imperial exams, she ventures to the capital to compete against the best alchemists in the country in tasks she’ll be lucky to survive, let alone pass. On top of that, her reputation for raising the dead has followed her to the capital, and the Crown Prince himself seeks out her help, suspecting a coming assassination attempt.

The more Zilan succeeds in her alchemy, the more she gets caught in the dangerous political games of the royal family. There are monsters lurking within the palace walls, and it’s only a matter of time before they—and secrets of Zilan’s past—catch up with her.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

I finally bought myself a box after buying 3 other boxes for family members. I loved my gifts and the book was great. Overall incredible experience.


Loved the book and all gifts are of the best quality!

Wonder Story!

I really enjoyed the novel, and I was delighted with each gift that came with the story. Some gifts were opened a few pages later than their notes page because I didn't want to stop reading! I will definitely order another box. This experience was so much fun!

Worth it

Book was excellent! Cannot wait for next book in the series to come out! Gifts were nice, worth the price!

Addicting read

I cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out! Such a good read! Gifts are cute

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