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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
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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
E.
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'? &
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☙ nemo ❧
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.
Katie.dorny
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
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Joc
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
Xan West
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)
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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
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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
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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
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Hâf
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.
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
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BadassCmd
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
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Littlebookterror
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
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Alex
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
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rike
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.
iam
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
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Anne
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Alexa
(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.
Tate
Jun 09, 2020 added it
Shelves: genderqueer, lgbtq
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.
Alex
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
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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
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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
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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
Bee
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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Izzie
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This short story collection was a sheer joy to read and I can't even begin to imagine how wonderful it would be for younger people to read this - especially those who are questioning their gender. I wish my teenage self had had something as wonderful and empowering as this to read.

Now onto the stories themselves. They are all self-contained, and come with a list of content warnings at the beginning, which I thought was really nicely done and something that more authors should consider doing. An
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I know posting excerpts from the author's notes is not generally the 'done thing', but it seems to be something I've been doing more and more lately. After all, who can explain a book better than the author in their own words:

"The heroes and heroines in these pages aren't special because they are trans; they are special and they are trans."

This book features seven stories featuring trans, genderfluid, or intersex protagonists in the staring roles
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Amy
Apr 20, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I can't believe this but...DNF at 25%

I have been "currently reading" this for months and it's getting to the point where I am dreading picking it up...which should never be the case when reading a book, so I have decided to pass on this one.

It's definitely a "me not you" situation and I urge anyone who likes the sound of this to check out other reviews before going by what I say!

First up, what I liked:
-Diversity. This book is packed with short stories filled with diverse characters. All characte
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Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This was an absolute joy. If you like fantasy at all, especially if you like twists on fantasy tropes, you need to read this. Despite most of the stories all being based on the idea "prophecy seems to foretell that evil ruler/dragon/monster will never be killed, turns out it was actually talking about a trans person who would do it," they never get old. Each one has a different cliché prophecy and subverts it in a new way. It's cre
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retro
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: anthology, fantasy, lgbt
I like the idea behind this collection but wasn't keen on the execution. The fantasy elements are familiar - castles, kings/queens, mysterious forests and their witches, warring tribes, Important swords, talking dragons, faeries - and not dealt with in a particularly imaginative fashion. The pacing is off because the plot has to stop to make room for the protagonist's backstory (almost universally trans/non-binary/gender-fluid), and is then quickly resolved. The outcomes are all happy and fairly ...more
Eshana Ranasinghe
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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