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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.
Author: Shelley Parker-Chan
Paperback Published 27 July 2021 400 pages
'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
'This audacious, brilliant debut is a vivid, original reimagining . . . immersive storytelling at its finest' - Daily Mail