Beast & Crown, by Joel Ross (HarperCollins, August 2017) is one I was looking forward too (I liked his first book, Fog Diver, lots), and so I was happy when a copy came my way from a friend. And I was happier to actually read it, finding it fun and fast and thought-provoking.
Ji is a boot boy, toiling away for the privileged nobility. His mother
hopes that one day he'll rise to the ranks of butler. Ji hopes that he
can keep squirrelling away enough valuable shoe decorations to buy his
stable hand Sally's little brother from slavery in the city. But then
the son of the noble family he serves is chosen to be a contender for
the Summer Crown. The Diadem Rite will chose the next heir, giving the
chosen one the magical power that was gathered from all the people in
the land years ago by the first Summer Queen so that she could keep the
country safe against monsters.
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