She Who Became the Sun

She Who Became the Sun

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 09/06/2022
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Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Debut Book of the Year

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

In a famine-stricken village on a dusty plain, a seer shows two children their fates. For a family's eighth-born son, there's greatness. For the second daughter, nothing.

In 1345, China lies restless under harsh Mongol rule. And when a bandit raid wipes out their home, the two children must somehow survive. Zhu Chongba despairs and gives in. But the girl resolves to overcome her destiny. So she takes her dead brother's identity and begins her journey. Can Zhu escape what's written in the stars, as rebellion sweeps the land? Or can she claim her brother's greatness - and rise as high as she can dream?

This is a glorious tale of love, loss, betrayal and triumph by a powerful new voice.

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan is a re-imagining of the rise to power of Zhu Yuanzhang. Zhu was the peasant rebel who expelled the Mongols, unified China under native rule, and became the founding Emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529043402
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 298g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 26 mm

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She Who Became the Sun
Beautiful Piece of Writing
A truly brilliant piece of writing. Just like The Poppy War by R F Kuang, this fantasy gave me a refreshing experience of the genre. We follow a girl who ... READ MORE
Jayde Warwick-Bowman
She Who Became the Sun
Holly (the caffeinated reader) got me to read this & THEIR LOVE FOR THIS BOOK IS 1000% CORRECT!
4.5 stars Fate rests within our own hands. The unapologetic rage in this book is one of the most realistic and human things about a book filled with pain, ... READ MORE
Siofra K
She Who Became the Sun
She who became the sun
She Who Became The Sun is a fresh new face in the historical fantasy world genre, and dare I say it keeps up very well, from diversity & queerness to moral... READ MORE
Thomas Colhoun
She Who Became the Sun
I picked up the book expecting an immersive read set in medieval China. The first chapters are interesting and I was keen to see where the storyline wa... READ MORE
She Who Became the Sun
My favourite book. The writing is incredible, the world comes to life in front of you. It’s incredible! I really recommend reading it.
Valentina Karoly