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A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!

A Lambda Literary Award Finalist

A Book Riot Must-Read Fantasy of 2020

Amazon's Best of 2020 So Far

“Fantastic, defiant, utterly brilliant.” —Ken Liu

Zen Cho returns with The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, 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 thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object, and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy
June 23
Tom Doherty Associates

Customer Reviews

Prairie_Dog ,

Great novella in an interesting and refreshing setting!

“The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water” is a delightful novella by Zen Cho. It seems to be set in an alternate world version of Southeast Asia, where there is only a touch of magic, and some gunpowder. There is also political strife, jungles filled with bandits, rebels, mosquitos, and leeches.

The story begins in a tea house, when one of the bandits comes in. This brother defends the honor of a nun who is working there. This leads to her joining the band of bandits, whether they want her to or not. They travel across the war-torn land, and as they do we learn how the political strife caused by the protectorate has caused the destruction of temples and converted villagers to bandits (or independent contractors as they refer to themselves).

As the reader accompanies the characters on their journey, we learn their backstories, and how they came to be where they are. We also learn a little about the Deity known as the Pure Moon and her followers. This leads to some unexpected revelations, and the tale leads to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely a recommend novella, and an interesting and refreshing setting.

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