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She Who Became the Sun

By Shelley Parker-Chan
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Publisher Description

Two-time British Fantasy Award Winner
Astounding Award Winner
Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Hugo Award Finalist
Locus Award Finalist
Otherwise Award Finalist

"Magnificent in every way."—Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

"A dazzling new world of fate, war, love and betrayal."—Zen Cho, author of Black Water Sister

She Who Became the Sun reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty’s founding emperor.

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.

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256 Reviews

Thinking Face“Beautiful retelling of Chinese history, a dense historical fiction, I was expecting much more fantasy (like where’s the dragon? I feel like the cover promised me a dragon), but still really enjoyed it. Zhu and Ouyang are two complex and interesting characters who on opposite sides of a war, are so much more alike than enemies would be, and it continued to surprise me the extent of their similarities.”
Beautifully written
Anxious Face with sweat“Oh, oh this book. Was not what i was anticipating. It was pitched as song of Achilles but dear God it is nothing like it. Not even close. It's going to tear your emotions out and get you down to the real core of it all. What is it that you want and just how far are you willing to go to get it. The MC does not disappoint.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulDark settingRealistic settingDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“not at all what I expected but I loved this book! took my time reading it because it was quite dense with the historical aspects but it was well worth the read”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully written
Thinking Face“Building a work of fiction around the Yuan Dynasty and the Red Turban Rebellions made for fascinating reading. At the center of this book the character of Zhu Chongba, from beginning to end, intrigued. A close second was General Ouyang, one who, in me, engendered both anger towards him and anger towards what was done to him and by whom. I think my favorite storyline was early on, from Zhu’s arrival to the monastery until she leaves. I hope for a sequel. Zhu hinted at one.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenTwisty
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I would not have read this book if it weren't for the bookclub and for it being available at the library but oh my goodness I loved it! 100% recommended the audiobook version.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFast-pacedUnpredictableBeautiful settingThought-provoking

About Shelley Parker-Chan

Shelley Parker-Chan is an Asian-Australian former international development adviser who worked on human rights, gender equality and LGBTQ rights in Southeast Asia. Their debut historical fantasy novel She Who Became the Sun was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 12 languages. Parker-Chan is a winner of the Astounding Award, and the British Fantasy Awards for Best Fantasy Novel and Best Newcomer. They have also been a finalist for the Lambda, Locus, Aurealis, Ditmar, and British Book Awards. They live in Melbourne, Australia.

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