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Iron Widow Kindle Edition
An Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Young Adult
“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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,810 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am no good at book synopses, but our heroines journeys from her hometown in the countryside (peasant class) in order to seek revenge against the man/institution who caused her sisters death. The country has this whole gnarly handmaids tale vibe that completely writes off half the population and only considers them for menial labor, or as pleasure objects, or in the case of the heroine and her sister, sources of Qi energy in their continuous war.
Pros: fast paced, many twists and turns, SO INTERESTING, i adore the rich Chinese mystical / magical systems...the descriptions of the characters. Brilliantly done.
Cons: only one, one tiny one. I was dying for more than two chili peppers of spice. I read "polyamorous" and rubbed my hands together gleefully. It was tastefully done. I like it when it's....not.
Brilliantly, brilliant written.
Pro tip, if you follow the author on the clock app, she has a bunch of cool character introductions and anime art of them.
Other comparisons I found myself making: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Gundam. and Blade Runner. (just other imagery and worlds that sprang to mind as I was diving into this world.)
The way the author writes reminds me of an artist. They use such lush imagery and description in detailing out this world that I can't help but think of them physically painting this picture. I was both mesmerized and horrified by some of the descriptions. (I had visceral reactions to the descriptions of the foot-binding ritual and the first time Zetian was forcefully encased in the armor during her first battle).
I felt it all!!
The main characters were phenomenal! Zetian, Yizhi, and Shimin. Zetian's rage and unwavering determination to question the status quo. Yizhi's devotion and willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure Zetian and Shimin stay safe. Shimin's honorable heart and desire to right the wrongs of his past. - I loved the relationships- I loved the balance that the three of them brought to each other. "The triangle is the strongest shape."
I truly enjoyed this book!! The only thing that really stopped me from giving it a full 5 stars was the chaotic pacing of the story (at times). There were many times it felt so inconsistent- moments that would be really fleshed out and well developed only to then jump immediately into major moments with no real mention of how they got to that point.
But I. Cannot. Wait. For the continuation of this story. The ending left me breathless- I need to know what happens next!
Speaking of the characters, when I was reading the ebook version I kept checking how far into the book I was because I loved the main three so much and didn't it to be over. The ways they interact with each other and the world around them, how vastly different they are and how much that presents a challenge and a strength, and how they can be dangerous but also loving and occasionally hilarious.
By Star Wand on September 23, 2021
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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 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!