Black Water Sister

Black Water Sister

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 12/02/2022
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Black Water Sister
Urban fantasy at its finest with a crash course in Malaysian lore
English is not my native language so, please, excuse any errors that may have escaped my proofreading. I received this as an advance reader copy from the... READ MORE
Iara at Basingstoke


This mischievous Malaysian-set novel is an adventure featuring family, ghosts and local gods - from Hugo Award winning novelist Zen Cho.

Her grandmother may be dead

But she's not done with life... Yet

As Jessamyn packs for Malaysia, it's not a good time to start hearing a bossy voice in her head. Broke, jobless and just graduated, she's abandoning America to return 'home'. But she last saw Malaysia as a toddler - and is completely unprepared for its ghosts, gods and her eccentric family's shenanigans.

Jess soon learns her 'voice' belongs to Ah Ma, her late grandmother. She worshipped the Black Water Sister, a local deity. And when a business magnate dared to offend her goddess, Ah Ma swore revenge. Now she's decided Jess will help, whether she wants to or not.

As Ah Ma blackmails Jess into compliance, Jess fights to retain control. But her irrepressible relative isn't going to let a little thing like death stop her, when she can simply borrow Jess's body to make mischief. As Jess is drawn ever deeper into a world of peril and family secrets, getting a job becomes the least of her worries.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509800018
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 256g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 28 mm

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Black Water Sister
4 ⭐️ A gorgeous urban fantasy rich with Malaysian culture, emotion and representation that feels authentic wrapped up in a world of gods, ghosts, gangsters and grandmas
I didn’t know much about this book going into it other than the premise summed up perfectly by the author on twitter: ‘A stressed zillennial lesbian fights... READ MORE
Black Water Sister
Witty and deliciously immersive!
Set in modern day Malaysia, Zen Cho’s witty and deliciously immersive paranormal fantasy, with it’s ghosts, gods and gangsters was such an interesting take... READ MORE