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Book Review: Iron Widow

By: Haley Troha


Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao, is an intense, breathtaking read, with beautiful world-building and powerful characters. The book is set in Huaxia, a science fiction empire based on historical Chinese dynasties. It is the story of Zetian, a girl determined to get revenge for her sister’s untimely death, who ends up trying to tear down the patriarchal government which had kept her captive for far too long. It is a great combination of science fiction, romance, and fantasy, although it does cover some very serious topics. Overall, I would definitely give it a 5/5, and I think that it is a must read for anyone interested in it. It is the first in a series, with the second book currently in the works.

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