- Pan books
- 9 Juin 2022
The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller. An absorbing historical fantasy, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty''s founding emperor. '' This audacious, brilliant debut is a vivid, original reimagining . . . immersive storytelling at its finest '' - Daily Mail ''Magnificent in every way. War, desire, vengeance, politics - Shelley Parker-Chan has perfectly measured each ingredient'' - Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree ''A thoroughly engrossing read with a fabulous, tragic-trickster protagonist'' - Megan Campisi, author of Sin Eater ''A dazzling new world of fate, war, love and betrayal'' - Zen Cho, author of Black Water Sister 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. ''As brilliant as Circe . . . a deft and dazzling triumph'' - Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne '' Epic, tragic and gorgeous '' - Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January She Who Became the Sun is a reimagining 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.
Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in He Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan - a dazzling queer historical fantasy of war and destiny set in an epic alternate China, and sequel to Sunday Times bestselling She Who Became the Sun.
What would you give to win the world?
Zhu Yuanzhang, the Radiant King, is riding high after her victory - one that tore southern China from its Mongol masters. Now she burns with a new desire: to seize the throne and crown herself emperor.
However, Zhu isn''t the only one with imperial aspirations. Courtesan Madam Zhang plots to steal the throne for her husband. But scorned scholar Wang Baoxiang is even closer to the throne. He''s maneuverered his way to the capital, where his courtly games threaten to bring the empire to its knees. For Baoxiang also desires revenge: to become the most degenerate Great Khan in history. In the process, he''d make a mockery of the warrior values his Mongol family loved more than him.
To stay in the game, Zhu must gamble everything on one bold move. A risky alliance with an old enemy: Ouyang, the brilliant but unstable eunuch general. All contenders will do whatever it takes to win. But when desire has no end, and ambition no limits, could the price be too high for even the most ruthless heart to bear?
Praise for She Who Became the Sun:
''As brilliant as Circe . . . a deft and dazzling triumph'' - Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne ''Magnificent in every way. War, desire, vengeance, politics - Shelley Parker-Chan has perfectly measured each ingredient'' - Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree