Pre-Order Pearl of the Palace today!

Fans of Joyce Chng's Qing China fantasy novel, Dragon Sisters, are in for a treat.


Dragon Sisters introduced you to a world of fantasy and magic and recipes set in Qing China. You discovered what happened when Xiao Xiao, daughter of an Imperial Courtesan, found a magical green pearl in the hands of her adoptive little sister.

Now, in the upcoming Pearl of the Palace, coming to Scarlet Ferret on the 20th of October 2020, Xiao Xiao dreams an ominous dream of a terrible creature, the Nian. She realises that if dragons exist, much more frightening creatures of folklore must also. She senses change, even though the status quo remains.

The festival year continues as usual, but gossip reports increased numbers of ships from the barbarian West. The future is shaded and dusky.

What lies ahead for this Princess and her dragon sister?


Fans can enjoy the tale as it unfolds in our exclusive serialisation over at The Epubizer!

Each Tuesday, a pair of new chapters in this enchanting fantasy series will appear, the tension building as the Nian approaches!


The full novel launches on the 20th of October 2020, but pre-order customers get it a week earlier - on the 13th of October.

Pre-order customers also receive the digital extras even earlier! Their purchase will update automatically throughout the serialisation period with new extras added to their book files - ready to download direct from Scarlet Ferret.

This is an exciting opportunity to support an accomplished and independent author. Get dragons, magic and wonderful extras - all available to read on any device, from e-readers, to phones, tablets, and computers.

Start reading Pearl of the Palace today!

Joyce Chng

Joyce Chng lives in Singapore. Their fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Joyce also co-edited THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Their recent space opera novels deal with wolf clans (Starfang: Rise of the Clan) and vineyards (Water into Wine) respectively.

They also write speculative poetry with recent ones in Rambutan Literary and Uncanny Magazine. Occasionally, they wrangle article editing at Strange Horizons and manages Umbel & Panicle, a poetry journal and ezine about and for plants and botany (which they also founded). Alter-ego J. Damask writes about werewolves in Singapore.

Pronouns: she/her, they/their

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