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  • Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea, Rita Chang-Eppig
    Bloomsbury, 9781639730377, May 30, 2023 (Fiction)

    “A historical epic adventure featuring a fierce, ruthless Pirate Queen, interspersed with rich Chinese folklore? Yes please! Based on a real life person, this tale told in beautiful prose is the story of one woman’s path to survive against all odds.”

    —Alana Haley, Schuler Books, Grand Rapids, MI

    “Wholly engrossing, this immersive novel immediately grabbed my attention, following Shek Yeung as she struggles to maintain her power and semblance of freedom. Chang-Eppig balances the adventure components of pirate battles with astonishing bits of Chinese folklore expertly. I was completely captivated as I watched Shek Yeung’s journey unfold.”

    —Mallory Melton, BookPeople, Austin, TX

    “Reading this book is like watching a pirate battle come to life! The perfect blend of action and historical fiction, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea is a thriller from the very first page! Rita Chang-Eppig brings Chinese pirate Shek Yeung to life in such vivid detail that you can’t help but feel like you’re fighting alongside this ruthless warrior. The story is so gripping you won’t want it to stop, but you’ll be dying to know how it ends. A must-read for anyone who loves a historical thriller!”

    —Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC


    “Shek Yeung is the fearsome pirate queen whose life is radically altered when a Portuguese sailor’s blade slices her husband, the leader of the Red Banner Fleet. Cunning and brilliant in her own right, Shek Yeung navigates new motherhood, politics on a stage with outlaws and ruthless government leaders, and the life she, herself, chooses to lead. Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea is a propulsive seafaring adventure that will capture your attention from the first page.”

    —Thu Doan, East Bay Booksellers, Oakland, CA


    Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea is the adventure-filled historical novel that you absolutely need in your life! Rita Chang-Eppig brings the legendary Chinese pirate queen Shek Yeung to life in this epic tale of piracy, power, love, and survival. This is a perfect read for fans of How Much of These Hills Is Gold and the tv show Warrior.”

    —Christine Bollow, Loyalty Bookstores, Washington, DC

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