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The Warrior Moon

(Their Bright Ascendency #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  16 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,
Kindle Edition, 656 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Tor Books
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
There are many complaints that have been voiced and written about K. Arsenault Rivera's Their Bright Ascendancy trilogy, and it would be a problem, in my view, to not acknowledge the fact that this set of books is steeped in an Orientalism that is all-too familiar in fantasy literature.

To litigate on whether the appropriation is somehow less problematic in this context than in others is patently not my place, nor do I have the depth of knowledge to be able to critique the bastardization of
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
*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  ·  review of another edition
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
Gabrielle Tsui
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtq
*cries for eight days, weeks, months, years, centuries*
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nikki Jeske
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa (Rover Reads)
I lack the words to share just how much I love this trilogy.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Beautiful. So beautiful, and satisfying, and epic, and graceful.

And did I mention beautiful? Because it really is, not just elegant in its phrasing, but with every phrase carrying meaning that gives a beauty to the overall construction of every paragraph, every scene, every chapter. I commented to my husband in the middle of reading this that Rivera could have a chapter that was just one of her main characters in the bath and it would be beautiful, and fraught, and significant, and developed,
Adam Maloney
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have I said before how much I love this series? Because I love this series.

With an epic clash of all too human gods, K. Arsenault Rivera brings her Ascendant trilogy to a close in the gorgeous novel THE WARRIOR MOON. In this book she continues her streak of writing absolutely heartbreaking tales about love, failure, and loss that still somehow shimmer with hope beneath an inky surface

I really don't want to say anything further for fear of spoiling something. Just go - go now - and pick up copies
Susan Holmstrom
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t cry easy. It’s something I pride myself on. That said, this book had me sobbing on an airplane. It was the perfect culmination of the series, every plot fulfilled, every question answered, every character on their own path. This series wrecked me. Lesbian warrior queens who love each other fiercely and save the frickin world in the process. There’s nothing in this book not to love. These books are so special and unlike anything else I’ve read before. As a queer person, seeing this kind ...more
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.
The Phoenix.
At Last.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great conclusion to this trilogy, that really pays off all the troubles the characters have been put through previously
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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.

Other books in the series

Their Bright Ascendency (3 books)
  • The Tiger's Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency, #1)
  • The Phoenix Empress (Their Bright Ascendency, #2)