Goodreads Monday: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where you chose a random book from your Goodreads TBR and show it off. This meme is hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog.

I’ve had She Who Became the Sun on my TBR for about a year now, and I don’t know why I haven’t read it. I even won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway, so I really have no excuse. It sounds like something I’d enjoy, so I really need to make it a priority! Let’s check it out.


About the Book:

Title: She Who Became the Sun

Author: Shelley Parker-Chan

Series: The Radiant Emperor #1

Page Length: 416

Publication Date: July 20, 20021

Publisher: Tor Books

Synopsis: In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…

In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected.

When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.

After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu uses the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.

Mulan meets The Song of Achilles; an accomplished, poetic debut of war and destiny, sweeping across an epic alternate China.

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Have you read She Who Became the Sun? What’s on your TBR? Comment below!

8 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

  1. ahhh i can’t wait to read this either, its been on my tbr since literally FOREVER, and i’ve heard so many good things about it!! fingers crossed that we both enjoy it!

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