Tuesday 9 June 2020

Book Review: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho (Fantasy)

Title: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water
Author: Zen Cho

Publication Date: 23 June 2020
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley


Zen Cho returns with 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. 

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water was my first foray into wuxia, and overall I enjoyed the book. It wasn't as martial-arts-heavy as I'd anticipated, instead offering a fantasy tale with interesting themes and fairly deep reflection on matters like identity, belonging and the fight for survival. Guet Imm was a fun character, and all the bandits had their own personality quirks, developed to just the right level to give them clear identities without slowing the pace of the story. It's hard to say more without risking spoilers, but I recommend this book to fantasy fans looking for a quick but different read. I would certainly read more by Zen Cho in the future.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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