Title: She Who Became The Sun
Author: Shelley Parker-Chan
Series: The Radiant Emperor #1
Genre/s and tags: Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, POC, LGBTQ+
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication date: July 20, 2021
Content warnings: (from the author): Dysphoria, Pre-existing non-consensual castration, Misgendering, Internalized homophobia, Life-altering injury (amputation), Ableist language, Non-graphic depictions of death by torture, Major character death, Offscreen murder of a child, Scenes depicting extreme hunger/starvation, Graphic depiction of a person burning to death
Also, sex scenes (not too graphic)
Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in Shelley Parker-Chan’s She Who Became the Sun, a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty from an amazing new voice in literary fantasy.
To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything
“I refuse to be nothing…”
In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…
In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected.
When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.
After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.
Received an e-arc via NetGalley! Thank you Tor Books!
(This, of course, did not affect my overall opinion of the book.)
Hello book nerds! Coming at you today with a new book review! This book is one of my most anticipated releases this year! I have heard nothing but great things about it prior to reading my e-arc, and those people did not lie at all.
She Who Became The Sun is an irresistible and highly engrossing queer reimagining of the beginning of a dynasty, as well as a tender exploration of gender identity.Read More »