She Who Became the Sun

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By Shelley Parker-Chan

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She Who Became the Sun is a captivating story of defying expectations and creating your own destiny - no matter the cost. Amid the ruthless backdrop of war during the fall of the Yuan Dynasty, there is a fascinating exploration of gender through characters whose experiences are never shoe-horned into 21st century understandings of queerness. It's dark, it's clever, it's sexy, and it's written beautifully enough to distract you from the horrifying choices these characters make as they stop at nothing to claim their fate. If you love tragic period epics (The Song of Achilles) and morally dubious anti-heroes this one is for you.

Content Warnings: This brutal book has pretty much everything under the sun (no pun intended) but notably there is no sexual violence.

Esmé, Firestorm Collective member

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416 pages
Tor Books (7/20/21)
5.4 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches


bipoc representation, queer representation, trans representation

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