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“The action-packed plot, involving battles both physical and mental, is original and incorporates queer themes and Zetian’s unwavering, cathartic feminism.” Kirkus Reviews

"[An] incredible novel, fun and exciting, sometimes horrible to read, but in all the ways that make you fall in love with a character." Tor.com

"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, #1 New York Times bestselling 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, internationally bestselling 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, bestselling 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 Crown of Feathers

"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, New York Times–bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find

"Absolutely epic. This is the historical-inspired, futuristic sci-fi mash-up of my wildest dreams. Iron Widow charges headfirst into a world of giant mechas and uncompromising characters. The brutal beauty of Xiran Jay Zhao’s writing kept me glued to the page from start to finish." —Chloe Gong, New York Times–bestselling author of These Violent Delights

About the Author

Xiran Jay Zhao is a first-generation immigrant to Canada from small-town China (which, for China, means a town of 4 million people). A recent graduate from Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote sci-fi and fantasy books while they probably should’ve been studying more biochemical pathways. They are in a cow suit because they made a promise to their friends 7 years ago that they would take their author photo in it if they actually got published, and they are not going back on that promise. You can find them on Twitter @XiranJayZhao for daily shitposts, Instagram as xiranjayzhao for cosplays and very extra outfits and YouTube as Xiran Jay Zhao for videos about Chinese history and culture. Iron Widow is their first novel. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08RHFDDD5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Teen (September 21, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 21, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 15470 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 399 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 666 ratings

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Xiran Jay Zhao is a first generation immigrant to Canada from small town China (which, for China, means a town of 4 million people). A recent graduate from Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote sci-fi and fantasy books while they probably should’ve been studying more biochemical pathways. They are in a cow suit because they made a promise to their friends 7 years ago that they would take their author photo in it if they actually got published, and they are not going back on that promise. You can find them on Twitter for daily shitposts, Instagram for cosplays and very Extra outfits, and YouTube for videos about Chinese history and culture.

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By Star Wand on September 23, 2021
Wu Zetian is one of my favorite historical figures. So anything about her I will dive into wholeheartedly. THIS WAS SO GOOD! Once I started reading it I could not put it down. Merging Chinese culture and history with mecha and technology, this was a treat, and while I was reading it I could see the mecha, the characters in my head. Netflix turn this into a film! Zetian in this is as cold and calculating as her namesake, but she has her reasons. All she does is in the name of improving the lives of the girls in her country. The book does not shy away either from themes of polyamory and bisexuality. Really, one of the best original works I have read in a long time. I cannot wait for the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2021
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Amy McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so messed up I love it the most
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing world building, action-fantasy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 🔥
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2021
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Nigel Robert Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sci if from a feminist view point.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2021
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