#Happy Publication Day #She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker Chan #Fantasy

Happy Publication Day to She Who Became the Sun, a powerful debut novel by Shelley Parker-Chan!

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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 uses takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: July 20th, 2021

Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fantasy

Series: The Radiant Emperor #1

Age Category: Adult

Shelley Parker-Chan is an Australian by way of Malaysia and New Zealand. A 2017 Tiptree Fellow, she is the author of the forthcoming historical fantasy novel She Who Became the Sun. Parker-Chan spent nearly a decade working as a diplomat and international development adviser in Southeast Asia, where she became addicted to epic East Asian historical TV dramas. After a failed search to find English-language book versions of these stories, she decided to write her own. Parker-Chan currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she is very grateful to never have to travel by leaky boat ever again.

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  1. I am so angry at myself that I still haven’t read this book. I have had the arc on Netgalley for about 6 months. It’s on my tbr for this month but so far still haven’t had the time to pick it up! I’ve heard amazing things though so hopefully soon x

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    1. I’m also really excited about it. I don’t want to be in a rush when I’m reading it, will probably need lots of mental space to process it 🙂 Can’t wait to read your analysis, you’re always so thorough!

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