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Iron Widow: Instant New York Times No.1 Bestseller Kindle Edition
Instant New York Times No.1 Bestseller
Science fiction and East Asian myth combine in this dazzling retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history.
‘Absolutely epic. This is the historical-inspired, futuristic sci-fi mash-up of my wildest dreams.’ Chloe Gong
‘Think The Handmaid’s Tale meets Pacific Rim and buckle up.’ Shelley Parker-Chan
‘Like its ferocious heroine, Iron Widow is brutal, bloodthirsty and full of rage.’ Julie C. Dao
I have no faith in love. Love cannot save me. I choose vengeance.
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, she is declared an Iron Widow – the most feared pilot of all.
Now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she sets her sights on bigger things. The time has come to stop more girls from being sacrificed.
‘A ferociously original fusion of Chinese history and mecha sci-fi, this is a fast-paced thrill-ride.’-- Guardian
‘Absolutely epic. This is the historical-inspired, futuristic sci-fi mash-up of my wildest dreams.’-- Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights
‘This wild anime-inspired reimagining of the biggest, baddest figures in Chinese history takes on the patriarchy and smashes it – with giant robots. Think The Handmaid’s Tale meets Pacific Rim and buckle up.’-- Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun
‘Like its ferocious heroine, Iron Widow is brutal, bloodthirsty and full of rage. Zetian’s fight to shatter patriarchal definitions of power makes for a truly thrilling read.’-- Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
‘A primal scream of a book, Iron Widow delivers on all that fury and more, combining meticulous pacing and brilliant world building to make a truly epic read.’-- E.K. Johnston, author of Aetherbound
‘Zetian is the take-no-prisoners heroine you’ll love to cheer on as she crushes everyone who tries to bring her down.’-- Rebecca Schaeffer, author of Not Even Bones
‘A bold and brash story that will grab you by the throat from page one. Zhao expertly weaves a story that polishes off classic sci-fi themes and re-imagines them in a lush futuristic world inspired by Ancient China. With an unapologetic heroine who pushes so far beyond the boundaries of expectations, the reader will go on a journey of twists and turns that will make them gasp with each page turn. Thrilling, heart-wrenching and epic!’-- Kat Cho, author of Vicious Spirits
‘In Iron Widow, Zhao crafts a thrilling, brutal tale with jaw-dropping action and a fierce and unyielding heroine. Zetian is unstoppable, and I dare you not to cheer her on.’-- Elizabeth Lim, author of Spin the Dawn
‘Iron Widow is a gut punch from the very first pages. The action is riveting. The story relentless. The heroine ruthless and unapologetic. Zetian is here to set the world on fire, and her pursuit of vengeance is thrilling and empowering to behold. Sit back and enjoy the show – and stay the hell out of her way.’-- Nicki Pau Preto, author of the Crown of Feathers trilogy
‘A searing, cinematic, gut-punch of a tale, Iron Widow is both wickedly fun and brutally incisive when it comes to the Chinese history and culture it draws inspiration from. There’s no resisting Wu Zetian; once she sinks her claws in you, you’ll be racing alongside her to a shocking, subversive end.’-- Joan He, NYT bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find
‘Zhao has gifted us with this addictive, thrilling chaos, led by one uber-talented female assassin. Interwoven with a rich tapestry of East Asian mythology, this is a unique and piercingly powerful book, which any sci-fi fan will lap up.’-- Sue Cheung, author of Chinglish
‘A rip-roaring, blade-sharp rampage through a vivid, terrifying world. Never have I cheered on a murderer so hard.’ -- Kat Dunn, author of Dangerous Remedy
‘Absolutely phenomenal! Wu Zetian is the badass heroine I’ve been waiting for, taking on aliens and the patriarchy like a total boss. Like a kick-ass feminist Ready Player One ― I adored Iron Widow.’ -- Kat Ellis, author of Harrow Lake
‘Iron Widow is an exceptional book. This is an interrogative, imaginative and endlessly interesting retelling that combines a personal story of revenge with an epic sci-fi world... This is a firecracker of a book.’-- A Short Book Lover
‘The characters in this novel are truly spectacular.’-- Voice magazine --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B091QF1WNX
- Publisher : Rock the Boat (7 October 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 8203 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 392 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,828 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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look, books don't usually warrant reviews for me as i'm not a fan of talking about books on the internet and more of a "oh i'll let a friend know about this book" with that being the end of it. BUT THIS WAS INSANE. like this book makes me want to start reading and reviewing books. xiran's writing is very easy to understand and melds maturity and violence with heartwrenching scenes; everything in this book is a perfect balance. i want to promote it everywhere, if i had this book growing up i would surely conquer the world as a young asian girl, and likewise give every young person a copy. wu zetian has a very similar internal monologue to myself so i might be biased here at my praise but i really could relate.
also loved the tropes that were discussed that were not typical yet written without being shoehorned in, all became very satisfying in the end.
the only flaw i have with this book is that the ended and the second book isn't available yet. crazy.
you won't regret buying this, and i'm eagerly waiting for future world-building and for this to become a full-fledged series.
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I love the world building, the characters, the plot and how you are gets so attached to this world like as though you are a part of it.
The only things I would say I have an issue with was, I personally has a love/hate relationship with the main character, Wu Zetian. Sometimes I liked her sometimes I didn’t. I don’t know if the author wanted us to hate her at times for the decisions she’s makes. But I know for a fact I loved the side characters a lot (Yizhi & Shimin)
The other thing is, that I felt that the relationships were rushed and the ending was a bit rushed as well. I think because a lot of the book was about world building, the author could used some of those parts to develop the relationships more.
The ending was very interesting. There should definitely have a sequel to this book as the ending was open. So we’ll see.
If they do make a sequel, I’m definitely reading it!
Mx Zhao has a beautiful writing style. All their characters feel like full people. Zetian's inner struggle and cruel decisions are wonderfully detailed. She's a full person from her first line and unlike other protagonists I've read who are described as cruel or cold, she actually does do borderline unforgivable things.
The world building is excellent, it really is. Huaxia is honestly the best dystopia I've encountered. Each level of cruelty (and there are many) makes sense within the systems that govern it.
I don't want to spoil the plot more than the summary but I do want to say that I'm emotionally devastated and very impatient for the next book. I'm actually very upset and I cannot wait to cry more in the next book.
I will say that this won't appeal to people with a conservative outlook, but for me that's just another reason to love it. I cannot wait for rhe sequel. Just like with this volume it will be a definite pre-order for me.