Iron Widow (Iron Widow, #1)

by Xiran Jay Zhao

4.2 of 5 stars 5 ratings • 2 reviews • 21 shelved 2021 Fantasy Pick
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Instant New York Times No.1 Bestseller

Science fiction and East Asian myth combine in this dazzling retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history.

'This is the historical-inspired, futuristic sci-fi mash-up of my wildest dreams.' Chloe Gong

'Raging against the patriarchy in spectacular style.' Observer, best books of the year

'Think The Handmaid's Tale meets Pacific Rim and buckle up.' Shelley Parker-Chan

'Like its ferocious heroine, Iron Widow is brutal, bloodthirsty and full of rage.' Julie C. Dao

I have no faith in love. Love cannot save me. I choose vengeance.

The boys of Huaxia dream of the celebrity status that comes with piloting Chrysalises - giant transforming robots that battle the aliens beyond the Great Wall. Their female co-pilots are expected to serve as concubines and sacrifice their lives.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, her plan is to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But on miraculously emerging from the cockpit unscathed after her first battle, she is declared an Iron Widow - the most feared pilot of all.
Now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she sets her sights on bigger things. The time has come to stop more girls from being sacrificed.

Illumicrate October 2021 book. Exclusive stencilled edges, art on the reverse of the dust jacket by Jhoanne Castro and a digital signature.

  • ISBN10 0861542096
  • ISBN13 9780861542093
  • Publish Date 7 October 2021 (first published 21 September 2021)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Oneworld Publications
  • Edition Illumicrate Exclusive
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 400
  • Language English
  • Special Sprayed Edges