Darker by Four by June C.L. Tan (promo)




Darker by Four by June CL Tan


From Jade Fire Gold author June CL Tan, Darker by Four is the launch of an epic, sweeping contemporary fantasy duology that is the Shadowhunter Chronicles meets the Chinese underworld, drawing inspiration from diaspora folklore.

A vengeful girl. A hollow boy. A missing god.

Rui has one goal in mind—honing her magic to avenge her mother’s death.

Yiran is the black sheep of an illustrious family. The world would be at his feet—had he been born with magic.

Nikai is a Reaper, serving the Fourth King of Hell. When his master disappears, the underworld begins to crumble…and the human world will be next if the King is not found.

When an accident causes Rui’s power to transfer to Yiran, everything turns upside down. Without her magic, Rui has no tool for vengeance. With it, Yiran finally feels like he belongs. That is, until Rui discovers she might hold the key to the missing death god and strikes a dangerous bargain with another King.

As darkness takes over, three paths intersect in the shadows. And three lives bound by fate must rise against destiny before the barrier between worlds falls and all Hell breaks loose—literally.

Perfect for fans of This Savage Song and Only a Monster, Darker by Four will pull readers into a world of love and desperation and revenge—a world where every deal has a catch, no secret stays buried, and no one is exactly who they say they are.



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June CL Tan is the author of the internationally bestselling Jade Fire Gold and the Darker By Four duology. After obtaining degrees in communications and film, she plotted her escape from academia to fulfill her childhood dream—creating fantastical worlds while consuming copious amounts of caffeine. A Singaporean raised on a diet of teh tarik, classic books, and wuxia movies, she enjoys telling stories that draw on both the traditional and modern to create something fresh to the eye, but familiar to the heart. June now resides in New York City, writing under the eye of her crafty cat.

In 2021, June was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Jade Fire Gold and Darker By Four received starred reviews from Kirkus , BCCB, and Publishers Weekly, and are Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections. Jade Fire Gold was also named one of Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. 

She is represented by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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