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The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  17 reviews
“Fantastic, defiant, utterly brilliant.” —Ken Liu

Zen Cho returns with a found family wuxia fantasy that combines the vibrancy of old school martial arts movies with characters drawn from the margins of history.

A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of
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Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Publishing
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
This sounds so good!
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a tough novella to review without wading into spoiler territory.

The way that Zen Cho's new novella The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water began was a major feint. It seemed like it was going to lean into an action-oriented saga of black magic and banditry, bounty hunting and showdowns. Instead, it throws a massive curveball and tells a powerful story of identity and how it evolves across different people, customs, and lands. An underlying theme I took away is discovering your
Apr 18, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Sep 11, 2019 marked it as anticipated-releases
i’d like to bring your attention TO THIS COVER. LOOK AT IT. LOOOOOOK AT IT.
Jan 18, 2020 marked it as anticipated-2020
Shelves: 2020-june
so......found family wuxia huh ...more
A case of expectations =/= reality but in the best possible way, in my opinion.

I dived into this with the expectation that it would be a high-stakes, action-packed wuxia fantasy with a lot of martial art goodness, but instead I found a very thought-provoking novella that revolves around identity, spirituality, and the lengths taken in order to guarantee survival. I also thought that the queer-norm aspects of this novella (particularly the emphasis on trans-ness and gender fluidity) were a
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
Gorgeous cover, interesting premise, Asian-inspired fantasy & ownvoice Asian rep, Tor novella = everything I love in a book
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I don’t want half,” said the customer. “I want justice!”
“In these times justice is hard to get.”

I don’t usually read novellas but I jumped at the opportunity to read this wuxia fantasy. I grew up watching wuxia — Legend of the Condor Heroes and its plentiful adaptations and sequels (Return of the Condor Heroes 2006 was my favorite) — and this book evoked a keen sense of nostalgia. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water is about a nun, Guet Imm, who joins a colorful group of bandits on
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC via Edelweiss. It is an ongoing trial to me that Tor is owned by Macmillan, because Macmillan are being such unredeemable assholes about libraries right now and I don't want to support them in any way, but Tor puts out such consistently amazing books! Zen Cho's dialogue is just... *chef's kiss* perfect. She has a style that doesn't sound like anything else I've ever read, but it's so much fun to read. It's hard to say what this particular novella is about without spoiling things -- it's ...more
Beth Knight
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zen Cho's latest novella (which she very kindly gifted me in a giveaway) zips along to the point you've finished it before you realise how much time has passed. Putting this down was simply not possible as a nun and a group of bandits, sorry roving contractors, travel through the jungle encountering disaster chaos and their true selves. It's sublimely written and even the dialogue evokes the dialects and social standing of the characters without beating you about the face. This is a riot of a ...more
Emily (moonlight&moths)
Sep 12, 2019 marked it as to-read-unpublished
LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!!! LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!! also found family with bandits? count me in.
I wish this were longer. Since it's too late for that, I hope that Zen Cho chooses to revisit this world and these characters in the future. This is a lovely, cinematic, tiny gem of a novella.
The Artisan Geek
Dec 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Have never read a wuxia inspired story before, but I'm so up for it!!

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Peter Tillman
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
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TBP June 2020. Tor novella. Sounds promising.
Memo to self: ask for an ARC sometime soon?

Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Zen Cho, loved this wry, intelligent, heartwrenching adventure story.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Hovers on the boundary between 3 and 4 stars. I think I like what it’s doing but, like some other novellas, would have benefited from being longer and having more space to do it in.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I was lucky enough to read this as an ARC. When it becomes available in June, I intend to buy a copy. Wuxia-inspired bandits, found families and magic. Beautiful.
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I'm a Malaysian fantasy writer based in the UK. I've written a novel called Sorcerer to the Crown about magic, intrigue and politics in Regency London; a sequel about cursed sisters, anticolonial witches, dapper dragon dandies and murderous fairies called The True Queen; and a short story collection called Spirits Abroad. Plus some other stuff! I've won a British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer, ...more