She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

She Who Became the Sun

The Radiant Emperor #1

Shelley Parker-Chan

fiction fantasy historical lgbtqia+ adventurous challenging emotional medium-paced

416 pages | first published 2021

Description

To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty from an amazing new voice in literary fantasy...
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Moods

adventurous 86%
dark 63%
emotional 61%
tense 52%
challenging 48%
reflective 22%
inspiring 19%
sad 17%
mysterious 13%
hopeful 10%
informative 9%
funny 4%

Pace

medium 58%
slow 33%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 33% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 40% | No: 9%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.51