She Who Became the Sun: The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller (The Radiant Emperor, #1)

by Shelley Parker-Chan

3.25 of 5 stars 4 ratings • 2 reviews • 21 shelved 2021 Fantasy Pick
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'This audacious, brilliant debut is a vivid, original reimagining . . . Peopled by flawed, fearless characters and with a dramatically violent storyline, this is immersive storytelling at its finest' - Daily Mail

'A thoroughly engrossing read with a fabulous, tragic-trickster protagonist . . . I've been waiting for a book like this' - Megan Campisi, author of Sin Eater

'A dazzling new world of fate, war, love and betrayal' - Zen Cho, author of Black Water Sister

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.

'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 by Shelley Parker-Chan is a historical fantasy 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.

Exclusive Illumicrate edition from the July 2021 box. Custom book design, sprayed edges, digitally signed by the author, and exclusive artwork beneath the dust jacket.

  • ISBN10 1529043387
  • ISBN13 9781529043389
  • Publish Date 22 July 2021 (first published 20 July 2021)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Mantle