Thank you to Tor and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
Release Date: June 23rd 2020
Tags: Fantasy / Adult / Novella / Wuxia Fantasy / POC / Asian MC / Identity / LGBTQ+ / Bisexual / Trans / Non-Binary
Other books by this author I reviewed
Sorcerer to the Crown |The True Queen
Zen Cho returns with a found family wuxia fantasy that combines the vibrancy of old school martial arts movies with characters drawn from the margins of history.
A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object, and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.
If you are a frequent visitor of this blog than you will know that I think very highly of Zen Cho. I absolutely fell in love with Sorcerer to the Crown and there is absolutely no way that I will ever pass up the opportunity to read one of her books or stories. So be the case with The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water.
While the start of this book and the synopsis might indicate a book that focuses on bandit fantasy, the title is more true to the essence of the book. It is about ones identity and place in the world. Seeing your own self reflected back at you, even if it is really hard to be confronted of that. There is also a sense of family throughout the story. A bit of a distorted family with this band of bandits. But there is an essence there about loyalty and finding your place. It is a very powerful story all together that I hesitate to tell you too much about it. Because this is something you have to experience for yourself.
Zen Cho knows how to tell a story with twists and turns and things you might not have expected. As this is a true wuxia fantasy and you are still seeking why to read this novella, I implore you to seek out some own voices reviews. While I can shout to you amount Zen Cho to the moon and back I think to make up your mind own voices reviews are very important.