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  • She Who Became the Sun

  • The Radiant Emperor, Book 1
  • By: Shelley Parker-Chan
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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She Who Became the Sun

By: Shelley Parker-Chan
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
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An absorbing historical fantasy, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty’s founding emperor.

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 her dead brother’s identity and begins her journey. Can Zhu escape what’s written in the stars, as rebellion sweeps the land? Or can she claim her brother’s greatness – and rise as high as she can dream?

This is a glorious tale of love, loss, betrayal and triumph by a powerful new voice.

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

©2021 Shelley Parker-Chan (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Epic, tragic and gorgeous." (Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January)

"As brilliant as Circe...a deft and dazzling triumph." (Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne)

"A dazzling new world of fate, war, love and betrayal." (Zen Cho, author of Black Water Sister)

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Narrator destroys this

The narrator has ruined what is probably a very good book. The excessively American accent with the nasal male voice impersonations are just dreadful. What should be an epic cultural narrative has been hollowed out. Read this book to avoid this experience.

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Story trajectory impeccable!

Beautiful and captivating story telling ability with complex, layered characters who I immensely enjoyed, in their Journey of self-discovery!

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Loved it!!

What an epic tale, beautifully set with the characters detailed to perfection. Can’t wait to hear the next chapter!

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Exceptional

This story is entrancing
The narration is excellent
The Characters have depth and layers but aren’t always the purest god like unrealistic creatures other books make them out to be but they are really likeable and connectable
Loved it
I can’t wait for the second book!!!!

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phenomenal in every way

an incredible story told with verve and heart and grief and palpable tension. absolutely stunning.

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Excellent story

It is a very interesting historical fantasy book about changing one's fate and having a strong will to succeed against almost insurmountable odds. I loved the main character and her unwillingness to "fall into nothingness". Lyrical and beautiful prose.
Natalie Naudus did a great job on the narration too.

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if mulan met avatar last Airbender - with more war

Its a great premise and the ending made this feel like it would make an epic movie. excited for more.
perhaps better in print, narration made it a little harder to follow switching narrative. but quite enjoyable

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Beautifully written and narrated

A compelling story with expertly crafted prose and fantastic characters. Can't wait for book 2!

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Lost me

The first part was interesting then the second part totally lost me. It was confusing and boring to me.

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I enjoyed this reimagining of history. The start of the story grabs you and the ending was very engaging.

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