Julienne’s aunts are the archer who shot down the suns and the woman who lives on the moon. They teach her that there’s more to the city of her birth than meets the eye – that beneath the modern chrome and glass of Hong Kong there are demons, gods, and the seethe of ancient feuds. As a mortal Julienne is to give them wide berth, for unlike her divine aunts she is painfully vulnerable, and choice prey for any demon.
Until one day, she comes across a wounded, bleeding woman no one else can see, and is drawn into an old, old story of love, snake women, and the deathless monk who hunts them.
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About the Author
Benjanun Sriduangkaew writes fantasy mythic and contemporary, science fiction space operatic and military, and has a strong appreciation for beautiful bugs. Her short fiction can be found in Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Solaris Rising 3, various Mammoth Books and best of the year collections.
She is a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Out of everything I read in 2014, this is the best. On a sentence level, Sriduangkaew reminds of Cat Valente, another fantastic writer, except that Sriduankaew's prose is more grounded and less dream-like, which caused the story to feel like it could happen in this world, rather than some alternate reality. This story also felt very fresh to me, being set in a geography I've never read anything about, a culture I know little about, and adjacent to a fairy tale I've never heard of before. This was no plug-and-play generic European fantasy, but something altogether new to me. That being said, the story was still very approachable, I never felt lost or overwhelmed trying to understand not just the story but the cultural context as well. (I'd recommend reading the short stories at the end of the book prior to reading the novella itself, though.) Also, three cheers for a story which features not one but TWO lesbian relationships that don't end in tragedy!
lesbian fiction for adults? about adults? a queer heroine with no coming-of-age story? urban fantasy with no end-of-the-world chosen one crap? this is a story i was desperately hungry for. I'd read some of Sriduangkaew's work in "Beneath Ceaseless Skies," and she makes the transition from short story to novel without a single hitch i love this book so much, Olive is my favorite snerson