She Who Became the Sun - The Radiant Emperor (Paperback)Shelley Parker-Chan (author)
Richly imagined and drawing from history and myth, Parker-Chan’s haunting epic reimagines the life of a peasant rebel-turned-founding emperor of the Ming dynasty in fourteenth-century China.
Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Debut Book of the Year
She Who Became the Sun reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty's founding emperor.
In a famine-stricken village on a dusty plain, a seer shows two children their fates. For a family's eighth-born son, there's greatness. For the second daughter, nothing.
In 1345, China lies restless under harsh Mongol rule. And when a bandit raid wipes out their home, the two children must somehow survive. Zhu Chongba despairs and gives in. But the girl resolves to overcome her destiny. So she takes her dead brother's identity and begins her journey. Can Zhu escape what's written in the stars, as rebellion sweeps the land? Or can she claim her brother's greatness - and rise as high as she can dream?
This is a glorious tale of love, loss, betrayal and triumph by a powerful new voice.
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan is a re-imagining of the rise to power of Zhu Yuanzhang. Zhu was the peasant rebel who expelled the Mongols, unified China under native rule, and became the founding Emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 26 mm
'She Who Became the Sun is epic, tragic, and gorgeous. It will wreck you, and you will be grateful.' - Alix E. Harrow
'A thoroughly engrossing read with a fabulous, tragic-trickster protagonist. The exploration of gender and personhood was totally absorbing . . . I've been waiting for a book like this.' - Megan Campisi
'Parker-Chan unrolls the painted scroll of her epic tale with the control of a master storyteller, revealing a dazzling new world of fate, war, love and betrayal.' - Zen Cho
'Epic, sublime and emotionally devastating, She Who Became the Sun is as brilliant as Circe, and a deft and dazzling triumph.' - Tasha Suri
'A gripping tale of rise to power, fate, betrayals and the bloody beginnings and endings of dynasties. Heartbreaking, stirring, haunting.' - Aliette de Bodard
'Evocative and heart-rending, Parker-Chan's debut is a poetic masterpiece about war, love and identity.' - S. A. Chakraborty
'Magnificent in every way. War, desire, vengeance, politics - Shelley Parker-Chan has perfectly measured each ingredient of this queer historical epic. Glinting with bright rays of wit and tenderness, yet unafraid to delve into the deep shadows of human ambition, She Who Became the Sun, like Zhu, is unquestionably destined for greatness.' - Samantha Shannon
'Stunning, powerful and complex.' - Anna Stephens
'She Who Became the Sun is an intense and sweeping epic that blurs the lines between rebellion and revenge, between fate and ambition, exposing the inherent violence of gendered ideologies and the traumas they create in ourselves and the world.' - Tessa Gratton
'Zhu is a hero unlike any other - her propulsive desire to survive at any cost powers a glorious novel that encompasses grand betrayal, love, loss and triumph. An unforgettable debut.' - A. K. Larkwood
'A cinematic tour de force that feels classic and yet utterly fresh.' - C. S. Pacat
'Instantly enthralling. Zhu is canny, charming, and ruthless as she claims her own fate in a richly detailed world, challenging dynasties and gender in the process.' - Malinda Lo
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“This book OBLITERATED me ”
“Desire is the cause of all suffering. All Zhu had ever desired was to live. Now she felt the pure strength of that desire inside her, as inseparable as her breath or qi, and knew she would suffer from it. She... More
“Beautifully written queer re-imagination of Chinese-Mongol history in a high fantasy setting”
I want to start this with saying I am ignorant in the Chinese-Mongol history and culture so please read other reviews of more educated people to see how accurate it is depicted. Thank you to Net Galley and Pan... More
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