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The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  56 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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by
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chai ♡
I suffer from that syndrome where I just have to click "want-to-read" when I see a pretty cover. But then I read the synopsis and found out this is a found family wuxia fantasy, so that's a win!
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
This sounds so good and the cover is GORGEOUS
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water is a warmhearted fantasy novella set in ancient/medieval China. It's a queer take on wuxia, which is - for those like me who aren't really familiar with it - a genre of Chinese fiction based on heroes skilled in the martial arts, often in superhuman, fantastical ways; think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

In a small coffeehouse, a customer angrily accuses his waitress of using jampi witchcraft on him. The quarrel degenerates, a handsome
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Julia ✨
Mar 29, 2020 marked it as anticipated-june2020  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy, novella
this book has it all: queer, found family, genderfluid characters, chinese rep, character-driven story! i have feelings.
Lauren James
A fun, diverse novella about a group of bandits whose group is uprooted by the arrival of a new member, a chaotic and argumentative nun of the Order of the Pure Moon. She pesters the bandits and disturbs their carefully planned heists, and has a lot of fun along the way. Zen's writing is so full of life and humour, and the romance here creeps up on you quietly, then hits you hard. I want a sequel! Tet Sang is a wonderfully dry and interesting protagonist.
Rachael Marie
Not for me Im afraid! ...more
Overall I didn't feel strongly about this, but I got emotional about the ending, so I think it's going to be a solid 3.5!

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water is a wuxia-inspired fantasy novella following a group of bandits and an ex-anchorite nun after an unexpected fight in a coffeehouse.

I want to start with the positives and say that Zen Cho knows how to write effective banter even when there's not much page-time to develop the characters, and really gets the serious-humorous balance
Fantastic! Will review closer to the pub date, but I really loved this one.
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
id like to bring your attention TO THIS COVER. LOOK AT IT. LOOOOOOK AT IT. ...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
I must Think

RTC closer to release date


so......found family wuxia huh 👁👁
Freya Marske
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Zen Cho: queer, entertaining, thoughtful, and very funny in small sharp ways. It takes real talent to produce something that feels this effortlessly simple and well formed, as though it were a pebble created by the waves to fit in the curve of your hand when you pick it up. Loved it.
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
no i don't accept that ending


Rep: Chinese inspired characters & setting, nonbinary mc, gay side characters
Mar 03, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
March 3, 2020: I'm so ready for this wuxia fantasy especially with that beautiful colour. Also, the book is queer so that's going to be a win-win for me.
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Tor and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

 If you are a frequent visitor of this blog than you will know that I think very highly of Zen Cho. I absolutely fell in love with Sorcerer to the Crown and there is absolutely no way that I will ever pass up the opportunity to read one of her books or stories. So be the case with The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water.

While the start of this book and the
Ash | Wild Heart Reads

*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
Gorgeous cover, interesting premise, Asian-inspired fantasy & ownvoice Asian rep, Tor novella = everything I love in a book
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
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
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dont want half, said the customer. I want justice!
In these times justice is hard to get.

I dont 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 their way to
Beth Knight
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in the Water is just about an unapologetically weird as you would expect from the title. A young monk ends up joining up with a group of contractors (bandits) and we get a badass wuxia fantasy with magic. It's fast-paced and jammed packed with world-building and character development amidst a complicated war. Definitely a few twists too.
ylva a.
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ken Liu said this was good, ergo it is good
Bri (booksnparchment)
Thank you so much Macmillian-Tor/Forge for the arc in exchange for an honest review! This sounds amazing!
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always trust Zen Cho.
Emily (moonlight&moths)
Sep 12, 2019 marked it as to-read-unpublished  ·  review of another edition
LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!!! LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!! also found family with bandits? count me in.
Katie Montgomery
Zen is at the top of her game here. Wonderful.
The Artisan Geek
Have never read a wuxia inspired story before, but I'm so up for it!!

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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

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