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Iron Widow

Cover: 'Iron Widow'

Staff Review: "Iron Widow" by Xiran Jay Zhao

★★★★★

Action-packed and brimming with righteous fury, the plot of this novel will take the reader through a unique blend of Chinese mythology, modern anime themes and superhero-like action sequences.

The narrator Zetian is a young, spirited powerhouse bent on destroying the unfair patriarchal systems that caused the death of her sister at the start of the story. She throws herself into the dangerous world of co-piloting an immense qi-powered Chrysalis robot to defend humanity from the horde of alien Hundun. Zetian begins her journey bent only on revenge - but along the way she uncovers deeper, more unsettling truths about her world. Secondary to the main plot, but still captivating, is the unique romance between Zetian and... someone unexpected. Will her fiery anger burn the whole world down, herself included?

An exciting and compelling ride from start to finish, and ending on a thrilling cliffhanger, I can't wait for this new author's next move!

Audience: adults, teens | Genre: fiction, science fiction, mythology, chinese mythology, fantasy, futuristic

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