She Who Became the Sun

She Who Became the Sun Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 14 hours and 36 minutes
Author Shelley Parker-Chan
Narrator Natalie Naudus Release Date July 20 2021
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #2,712 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#5 in Alternate History Science Fiction
#28 in Alternate History
#32 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The dreams of a young girl heralds the rise of a dynasty and the fall of the great Khans.
By Maureen Neuman on August 9, 2022
Ms Parker-Chan grabs hold of Chinese history by its glorious satin robes and dares asks the question .. what if ::poking her pentip at various historical figures:: these people had been female? Would the Ming Dynasty have ripped the reins of power from the Great Khans? Who would have been the power players? Would China have been the same place and had the same burgeoning culture? What kind of trip would that have been from childhood to imperial crown?

Faith is a player in this story. Not in the fervent God-fearing manner of which we’ve lately seen far too much, but in the belief that God, whatever its plans for you, trusts you to do the things that will bring you closer to its radiance. Indeed, this radiance also plays a part in the story, in a manner that adds a fantasy element to history.

Zhu, born female, is disgusted with her brother’s waste of destiny. He was to have been Great according to the local seer in a town where a hut with four standing walls was living in the lap of luxury. When things take an unforeseen and fatal turn, Zhu is determined to take up the mantle of prophesy and become Great. To do that, she needs to convince the gods, and everyone else, that she is her brother.

Events continually push her; she gains close friends who never suspect, as she plans and executes tactical manoeuvres that bring her closer to her goals. All along, she has an adversary who tests her time and again. He too has his own story, one that mirrors hers like the wicker in a basket, one path jumping over obstacles the other has ducked. Like the basket, the tight weave makes for a story that holds water when finished, given the surprising turn near the end.

The story and characters are ripped from the pages of history, but the author has done her research well. Her major characters, her minor players; all people who played the game of politics on the Steppes and in the cities of Chinese renown: behind closed doors in silken bedsheets, and in the brutal battles and games of the Horde.

With the world-building, the characters and the plot already laid out, what’s left? Magnificent story-telling. Nuances. There’s more than gender-flipping going on. It plays a large part of the tale, but it never gets in the way of the story. You never feel like the gender swap is being forced at you, front and centre. You cheer for Zhu and seriously distrust her opponent. You admire the sheer balls on the girl.

And in the end, she’s radiant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars She who became the sun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best pairing of a protagonist to an antagonist I think I have ever read.
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