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The Warrior Moon

(Ascendant #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The Warrior Moon , the sequel to The Phoenix Empress and striking conclusion to K Arsenault Rivera's wildly buzzed about epic fantasy, which began with The Tiger's Daughter

Barsalayaa Shefali, famed Qorin adventurer, and the spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, have survived fights with demon armies, garnered infamy, and ruled an empire. Raised together since birth
Paperback, 656 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Tor Books
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Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
tw: gore; body horror

I would have liked this just as much as book one if it was a little shorter. This book adds in additional perspectives that we didn't get in the first two books, and that bogs it down a bit. For a story that revolves around a w/w romance at the core, I care about those characters more than other side characters. This did finally add in so much more fantasy that was teased in the first book, with more talk of gods, myths, etc. Due to its length and meandering, I did get bored
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
*June 26, 2019*
656 pages. Guess I'm buying the audiobook as well so I won't get bored out of my mind reading flowery prose describing something that can be summed up in one short sentence. Jesus, take the wheel.


*May 19th, 2019*
You're probably wondering why I decided to add this to my TBR considering I despised the two other books in this trilogy.

Well, I put in the time and effort to finish The Tiger's Daughter and The Phoenix Empress and I sure as hell want to finish the last book. This will be
Trey Weller
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
See, I enjoyed The Tiger's Daughter and The Phoenix Empress quite a bit when I read them last year. Both of them feature lovely prose and a story that we haven't seen a gazillion times before told in a unique way. I grew to really like spending time with Shizuka and Shefali, and found myself rooting for the two of them. But I recognized, with all their storytelling and letter writing, that in many ways they were the poetic prelude to The Warrior Moon, this 650 page beast of a book. If this book ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Two years ago, I read the first book, The Tiger's Daughter, and it stole my heart and ran away with it. The writing rendered my breathless and I was completely thunderstruck by it, by the story, by the characters, by the worldbuilding, by the narrative -- it was an epic fantasy like no other I could think of, a sweeping fantasy of powerful women, rising goddesses and true love made legendary. And what a fresh of breath air, for an epic fantasy set in cultures inspired by Asian culture and histor ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtqia
*cries for eight days, weeks, months, years, centuries*
Bruce Mackenzie
Apr 08, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
Are you familiar with the saying "So bad it's good."? Well, sorry. That just doesn't apply. This trilogy has all the ingredients required to produce a feast of epic proportions. Instead we get sour soup and sandwiches on burnt toast.

Hero fights demon snake, gets swallowed yet kills it from inside. Something of a cliche, but still. It gets three paragraphs. Secondary character gets their hair braided. Three pages. Nope. Just doesn't work for me.
Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really this is a review of the trilogy, since I read all 3 books back to back. There's a deep and long running love story throughout. The ending of the first book, The Tiger's Daughter brought a smile to my face. The second book, The Phoenix Empress, switches perspective and starts to build on the relationships, introduce new interesting characters (I really like Sakura), expand the world building, and provide explanations for Shizuka's state of mind. The final book, The Warrior Moon, was were t ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story worth reading; a satisfying ending to the adventures of Barsalai Moon & Shizuka Sun. All the loose ends were tied and I wasn't surprised to see a character return from the first book. I enjoyed the story because the words on the pages allowed me to feel the hardships of living on the Steppes, the pomp of palace life and the confinement of a city. I'm not sure some of the profanity used was available during this time period but it's not my book. The fact that another body of work ...more
Lisa (Rover Reads)
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, good-n-gay
I lack the words to share just how much I love this trilogy.
Kate De Oude
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story that pulls you in with a dense fantastical narrative where the author places faith in the reader to remember everything from honourifics to proper etiquette to moments that occurred two books ago. But if you can dedicate yourself to it, The Warrior Moon is a story like no other. All I ask now is that Rivera please tell us what happened to Shefali in the eight years since the end of The Tiger’s Daughter. Please. just a spin-off novel, I have to know.
Dec 05, 2021 rated it liked it
muttered “…i guess” out loud upon finishing this book. 2.5ish stars. there are some things to like here and in the series in general, but none of it coalesces in a way that ever left me particularly convinced that i cared.
Nikki Jeske
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magical. Intense. Emotional. Overwhelmingly spiritual. The best of the series so far. I couldn't put it down & even now I want to keep reading. The next book can't come soon enough. ...more
Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)
My feelings for this are very conflicted. On the one side, I have not enjoyed this series since the second book (The Phoenix Empress) was a very big letdown for me. I did not feel like it had the magic I feel in love with in this first book, and I can say the same for this book. What I felt in The Tiger's Daughter was something special for me. Maybe it was the format of the book, maybe it was the timing I read it, maybe it's because it was the first time I read a fantasy novel with two women fal ...more
Nov 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
mean and cruel to invoke utena in the last chapter and make every reader cry
petite tortue
Aug 11, 2022 rated it liked it
Absolutely loved the trilogy but omg book #3 was SO LONG!! I had go read 3 other books in the meantime :(

The love story is amazinnng! Big fan of the 2 MC!! It's so poetic and soft and so well written ❤️❤️ hard to care for the other characters though

But I feel like I'm missing 8 years of the story for one of the MC?? Like where did they go? What happened? We only get glimpse of her journey but I would have loved to know the rest? And 8 years is a long time and it is important to her character dev
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stunning Asian-inspired fantasy in the Ascendant series!

I love everything about this series - the fully-realized Asian fantasy setting (I'm a sucker for linguisics, and there is an amazing system of honorifics used with personal names), LGBTQ characters (including the protagonists), and thrilling stories with characters I actually care about. This one has even more twists and heart-wrenching reversals of fortune than the prior two books, and I loved it even when it broke my heart! I high
LUMINOUS. I need everyone I know to read this trilogy.
Laura AP
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
to survive is qorin (and i survived)
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
so sad where this whole series went :(((((
Sydney (sydneysshelves) West
DNF at over 50%. I was just bored and force reading. We don't do that here so I'm letting this one go. ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely gorgeous and epic

I love this series! I get caught up in it whenever I pick it up, and it stays with me for a long time afterwards. Gorgeous!
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A sweeping and epic conclusion to a trilogy that is poetic as it is brutal, as beautiful as it is heart-breaking.

Our heroines set out on their final journey to defeat the creature who has infected their lands and their peoples for generations, stealing hearts and lives for his own twisted ideals.
Shizuka, our Peacock Princess, our Phoenix Empress and Dog Ear general, who dealt with the darkest of her inner demons during book two of this trilogy, now must face her bone-deep fears as well as rea
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the strongest of the trilogy.

One scene midway through the book really exposes a critical flaw in the entire trilogy: (view spoiler). The flaw here: this is about the only scene I can name where the protagonists succeed through good thinking, planning, and action. Basically everything else that happens in this series, either the bad guys do it because of thinking, planning, and
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 21st-century, fantasy
I am so confused about my relationship with these books. On the one hand, the premise and world building and language delights me. On the other hand, I am always just...meandering though them and so rarely pulled along. I read a chapter and put it down and then come back and keep going. But also I keep reading them because I find the language in particular so compelling.
I wish I had a better sense of what it was that worked and didn't for me from them, but I'm so glad I read them.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english
This book made me more sad than I thought, I wasn't ready for that many losses over the book, I thought that there would be at least more scenes with Baoyi with her aunts, as much as I'm disappointed with Baoyi's anger, I kind of understand her resentment . Otgar, Alshara and Baoyi are easily my favorite characters from the books and I'm glad I've got to know them. ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Why couldn't I get into this? I really liked the 1st book; 2nd had a slow start/middle, but I liked it too. Like it was too abstract, less tangibly real & relatable. ...more
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Well, at least the 3rd and final book in this series had some semblance of a plot, even if the plot materialized out of thin air.

The first 2 books of this entire series spend so much time twirling around the love-struck girls that by the time we got to this book, there was no sense of threat or danger from this so-called Demon Army. I felt nothing reading this book. I simply didn't care.

I'm usually very optimistic about new authors. It's obvious to me that KAR was trying to find her writing "voi
Mattison B
Nov 16, 2022 rated it liked it

Most of my comments have not changed from the initial review that I posted about the first book in this series. I am thankful that after the first book, straight into the second, there was a lot more action, more world building, more getting to know the characters pass the romantic theme within the first book. By the third, the pair of main characters are suiting up for war and headed toward the main problem, the Traitor.

Now how did this war last up to 600 or so pages? Fluff. T
Oct 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
The moon and the sun....lesbians....that's a dream come true

I loved the end despite how much i hated sakura's last chapter and how messy the fucking shit before it was. The book got to this point where everything was a mess and it made it really hard for me to think lol. I also really hate that this book didn't have shefali's separate adventures in it??? They literally were like hey shefali tell us about meeting the Mother!!!!! AND THEN THEY JUST SKIP OVER IT... WITHOUT SHARING ANY OF IT WITH TH
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Puerto Rico born and New York raised, K is a lifelong fan of all things nerdy. She drew on her love of tabletop gaming for her debut novel, THE TIGER'S DAUGHTER. An out and proud queer, she lives in Brooklyn with her partner. ...more

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