The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water
“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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more