She Who Became the Sun - The Radiant Emperor

1st paperback ed

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Publisher's Synopsis

The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

An immersive, historical fantasy set in 14th-century China, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan is a queer tale of love, loss, betrayal and triumph.

'Magnificent in every way' - Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree


In a famine-stricken village on a dusty plain, a seer shows two children their fates. For a family's eighth-born son, there's greatness. For the second daughter, nothing.

In 1345, China lies restless under harsh Mongol rule. And when a bandit raid wipes out their home, the two children must somehow survive. Zhu Chongba despairs and gives in. But the girl resolves to overcome her destiny. So she takes on her dead brother's identity - and begins her journey.

Can Zhu escape what is written in the stars, as rebellion sweeps the land? Can she claim her brother's greatness - and rise, ruthlessly, to take the dragon throne?

This is a glorious tale from a powerful new voice.

She Who Became the Sun is a reimagining of the rise to power of Zhu Yuanzhang. Zhu was the real-life peasant rebel who expelled the Mongols, unified China under native rule, and became the founding Emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

'Epic, tragic and gorgeous' - Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Book information

ISBN: 9781529043402
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Pan Books
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 414
Weight: 284g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 28mm