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No Man of Woman Born

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  639 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Destiny sees what others don't.

A quiet fisher mourning the loss of xer sister to a cruel dragon. A clever hedge-witch gathering knowledge in a hostile land. A son seeking vengeance for his father's death. A daughter claiming the legacy denied her. A princess laboring under an unbreakable curse. A young resistance fighter questioning everything he's ever known. A little gir
ebook, 243 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Acacia Moon Publishing
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Shira Glassman
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I run across a book so needed as No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll. Uplifting representation for nonbinary (and binary trans as well) characters in fairy tale and epic fantasy settings, by a nonbinary author is something I see people asking rainbow book blogs for practically daily. Plus, it has the bonus of being a collection of shorter fiction instead of one long novel, which means there are more chances for each individual reader to find something to satisfy them, as well as more c ...more
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A good concept, I just can't understand sometimes if the author was referring to a she or a he or a vice versa character. (not the authors fault maybe I'm not focusing much 😁✌️)... ...more
It took me a while to get through this book but this was caused by personal matters and my inability to read short stories collections somewhat consistently and has no say on the quality of it. I loved that every story has trigger warnings and pronunciation guides of neopronouns if needed.

★★★★⭐ | Tangled nets
Good start. I like how it was family-focused and Wren's motivation was xer mother and sister first and the whole unjust system latter. I'm pretty sure it was a retelling of 'The Lottery'? &
5 stars

Before I get into the individual reviews, let me just start by saying that I absolutely adored every single second that I got to spend reading this book. Every single story in here brings something new and fresh to the landscape of the fantasy genre. Books like this one are the reason I love fantasy so much. Books where the world isn't confined by the narrow standards of our own society. Books where the author chooses to the world a safe space for their reader. I'm just so glad that this
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
This is such a good concept - trans and non-binary characters subverting gendered prophecies - and I thought it was executed really well too. I loved the writing style, and most of the plots and characters were quite well-rounded for short stories. There was just a little something missing that prevents me from giving this 5 stars, but it was a great read and definitely worth checking out.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, lgbtq
This book took me a while to get into.

I am trying to read more LGBTQIA books so i can see more representation of myself and my friends in the world.
This novel definitely achieved that head on in every mini story and taught me things i didn't know like neo pronouns in literature.

I loved the way they changed up the well known fairytales - usually you can tell the ending but in this novel you couldn't as they had re-written the entire theme in order to allow the transgender or non-binary character
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an anthology of fantasy stories where the main characters are transgender or nonbinary people. Some of the stories use neo-pronouns (for example, xie instead of he/she and xer instead her/him) which took a few pages to get used to but I quite liked it by the end. In some ways it was easier for me than using them/they pronouns because I have a constant grammar battle in my head. I think this is an incredibly valuable book because there is nothing quite like the feeling of isolation of nev ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This is a good collection of short stories, and, for the most part, I enjoyed it.
More important than my opinion though: this short story collection is so important in terms of its non-binary and trans protagonists, and their neopronouns!

- Features seven short fantasy stories that take a fantasy trope or gendered prophecy -- and subverts them.
- My favourite stories were Early to Rise, which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but with a genderfluid and aromantic protagonist, and The Wish-Giver, the
This collection grabbed my by the heart and by the throat. It was an intense and emotional read for me, and I'm so grateful it exists in the world. These are stories that are very clearly written for trans and/or non-binary readers, and they made me cry in the best way.

Read my full review on my blog.

Content Warnings:
There are content warnings at the beginning of the book, listed by story. Some general ones here: (view spoiler)
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if any bigoted fantasy author or fan of a heteronormative whitewashed fantasy series ever tries to make the excuse that fantasy doesn’t NeEd to be diverse or that it’s FiNe that the cast is all straight cis white people because it’s jUsT fiCtioN, i recommend slapping them in the face with this book. literally and figuratively.
No Man of Woman Born is a wonderful collection of short stories that center trans and nonbinary characters in traditional fantasy-story roles and prophecies in ways that are always true to their gender.

Content warnings can be found at the beginning of the book and at the start of every individual short story.

The book starts with an author's note that already touched me deeply, and it only got better from there on. The short stories feature a wide variety of characters all over the trans spectr
Brigid Keely
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I should note that I received this as a review copy, with no compensation for my review.

This is an anthology of reworked short fairy tales/fantasy stories about dragons and swords stuck wantonly into stones and prophecies, most of which are gender based. Mardoll is bisexual, on the ace-spectrum, transgender, and autistic and these stories very much reflect xer lived experience, assuming that their lived experience also had dragons and prophecies and polyamorous warrior clans, etc. Xie is also a
Cori Samuel
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I recorded the audiobook. But, if you don't already know, that takes a LONG time with all the editing required -- so I really wouldn't have done it unless I genuinely enjoyed the stories. My rating is both biased and honest. :)

These fantasy stories feature transgender and nonbinary characters dealing with gendered (and therefore potentially subvertible) prophecies. Includes individual trigger warnings, so you can listen to / read each one at a time that's right for you.

Ana is a marve
Dana Cristiana
I would like to thank Ana Mardoll, Acacia Moon Publishing and NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, I have DNFed this book, but gave it 2 stars because the book was okay; I was the problem.

I started this ARC for Reading Rush this year, but could not finish it in time. It's a collection of 7 short stories about queer main characters that have great destinies. The book itself seems great and I'm sure it is /will be some people's favourite book, but it wasn't for m
Eva B.

Tangled Nets:

King's Favour:

His Father's Son:

Daughter Of Kings:

Early To Rise:

No Man Of Woman Born:

The Wish-Giver:
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
Wow I think that if you're transgender, gender-fluid or a nonbinary person, you should totally give this book a chance and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

I personally loved to see so many representations in a single book (even though I don't feel capable enough to talk about them since they don't represent me particularly), hopefully we'll get to see more books like this in the near future because they are needed.

Another extraordinary aspect of this book is that you have stories that are
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully queer collection of fairy tale like short stories. The first few stories were a bit vague and confusing but I wanted to continue on and read them all. I think the last three were my favourite. I particularly liked the twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale.
This is a short story collection full of magic, myths and dragons, but also full of characters with diverse gender identities.

The stories made me realize how much traditional fairy tales and heroic legends really rely in some ways on the traditional constructions of gender.
So what this collection does with the usual patterns is a pretty smart move: It doesn’t just have characters outside of the cis gender-binary, but also uses their gender identities as a twist to the tales’ expectations.

I lov
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I Received this book by NetGalley for an honest Review*

Before we even start can we all take a second to swoon over this cover, seriously it drew me in right away. After reading the synopsis I was very interested. I can honestly say I had never read a book anything like it, and I'm trying very hard to expand my reading horizons with new books, genres and important topics. That being said I definitely only read this book for the cover and the fact it was LGBT, I'm still new to this world and know
henri reads
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
what a great, important, absolutely incredible collection of stories. i could not even pick a favorite and only wish all of these were longer. i'm ready to read a whole trilogy on finndís or nocien or the little girl in the wish-giver!

more importantly, while reading this book i had to take a step back and look at myself, my opinions and experiences and own perceptions. it's an ongoing, complicated process but something i'm glad to work through.
I received an advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book features seven short stories all about trans and nonbinary character with a twist on the common trope "no man of woman born". The idea is ingenious and all of these stories are very different from one another.
The author herself says it in her notes but I loved that no wrong pronouns or deadnames were included unless absolutely necessary. You can tell it's not necessary at all, there were enough other t
Anne (ReadEatGameRepeat)
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
(Note: I bought this book with my own money, and then downloaded it from NetGalley too because why not.)

review queued on blog for tomorrow, will post it here after.
Jun 09, 2020 added it
Shelves: lgbtq, genderqueer
TWs are listed at the beginning of each story

Rep: all trans/nonbinary/genderqueer mc’s, several with neo-pronouns

Since I listened to the whole thing at work on audio, doing reviews for all the stories is a bit hard, so just know that I liked them fine but none were particularly incredible to me.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I Received this book by NetGalley for an honest Review*

Before we even start can we all take a second to swoon over this cover, seriously it drew me in right away. After reading the synopsis I was very interested. I can honestly say I had never read a book anything like it, and I'm trying very hard to expand my reading horizons with new books, genres and important topics. That being said I definitely only read this book for the cover and the fact it was LGBT, I'm still new to this world and know
G. Deyke
Jan 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
These stories aren't especially deep, and sometimes they're a bit cheesy, and because the whole concept of the collection is "prophecies subverted by transness" a few of them are pretty predictable - but none of that really matters. No Man of Woman Born doesn't try to be anything more than what it is: light, escapist high fantasy aimed at younger audiences. And it does that admirably, while being extremely affirming all the way.

I wish I'd read this book when I was younger. And I hope that many,
A.R. Hellbender
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of stories that all feature trans, nonbinary or gender fluid characters in a fantasy world where we don’t usually find them.
What was particularly great about it is that these stories take place in the typical medieval setting, devoid of hormone therapy or anything that would help someone pass, yet there is never anyone purposely misgendering anyone else.

As with any short story collection, I liked some of the stories more than others, but my favorites are the ones that featur
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I am in love with this collection of short stories.
I can see myself in them because for once non-binary and trans people are represented in such a way that it is not a trope or some major plot point for the rest of the characters.
Them being trans is aid to the story rather than the story!
I also like the way content warnings and neo pronouns are used. Authors, take notes and do it that way!

I am grateful for this book and i cannot recommend it enough! Everyone, especially trans people, go read it!
Elle Maruska
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this was such a wonderful collection of fairy tales!! Each story deals with prophecy--a common trope in fantasy--but in new and wonderful ways that play with genre conventions. There is so much love and respect for the characters in each story; no one suffers unnecessarily, there's no hurt just for the sake of hurting, and while each story does address issues of violence, death, and cruelty it's never gratuitous. Characters are given the space to complete their arcs without the unfortunately ...more
Simply put, wow. I needed this book and I had no idea until I picked it up on a whim. 

No Man of Woman Born is a collection of seven short stories, all featuring trans and nonbinary characters in epic fantasy settings. Aside from how overjoyed I was with the representation in this collection, I must take a moment to comment on Mardoll's incredible talent as a writer. In each brief story xie conjures an elaborate, fleshed out world that could support its own collection of tales. Though the world x
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