Iron Widow (Hardback)
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Iron Widow (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 07/10/2021
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Waterstones Says

Recasting the true story of the only female Chinese emperor as a thrilling space opera, Iron Widow follows a young concubine-pilot determined to dismantle the patriarchal system following the brutal death of her sister.

Science fiction and East Asian myth combine in this dazzling retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history

The boys of Huaxia dream of the celebrity status that comes with piloting Chrysalises - giant transforming robots that battle the aliens beyond the Great Wall. Their female co-pilots are expected to serve as concubines and sacrifice their lives.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, her plan is to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But on miraculously emerging from the cockpit unscathed after her first battle, the Iron Widow sets her sights on bigger things. The time has come to take on the entire patriarchal military system.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9780861542093
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Ferociously original.’ Guardian

‘Zetian is the take-no-prisoners heroine you’ll love to cheer on.’ Rebecca Schaeffer, author of Not Even Bones

‘Thrilling, heart-wrenching and epic!’ Kat Cho, author of Vicious Spirits

‘Zetian is here to set the world on fire.’ Nicki Pau Preto, author of Crown of Feathers

‘A searing, cinematic, gut-punch of a tale.’ Joan He, author of The Ones We're Meant to Find

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“Pretty much a mecha anime in a novel!”

Iron Widow jumps straight into Zetian’s quest to avenge her sister’s death. In Zetian’s world, women are either sold off as brides or sacrificed as human batteries to the male pilots who power giant robots with their... More

Hardback edition
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“An Incredible Read”

Iron Widow is an INCREDIBLE book! The writing is so detailed I felt more like I was watching the story unfold on the big screen than on the page.

Zetian is not a likeable character, and I didn't like her at all.... More

Hardback edition
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“Sadly Disappointed”

Rep: LGBTQIA+ rep, Asian rep, polyamory

TW: alcoholism, sexual assault, torture, violence, feminicide

Marketed as Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale, this feminist SFF story was lacking in a lot of ways.

The... More

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