Burning roses

by Huang, S. L.,

Format: Print Book 2020
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From Hugo Award Winner S. L. Huang

"S. L. Huang is amazing."--Patrick Rothfuss

Burning Roses is a gorgeous fairy tale of love and family, of demons and lost gods, for fans of Zen Cho and Neon Yang.

Rosa, also known as Red Riding Hood, is done with wolves and woods.

Hou Yi the Archer is tired, and knows she's past her prime.

They would both rather just be retired, but that's not what the world has ready for them.

When deadly sunbirds begin to ravage the countryside, threatening everything they've both grown to love, the two must join forces. Now blessed and burdened with the hindsight of middle age, they begin a quest that's a reckoning of sacrifices made and mistakes mourned, of choices and family and the quest for immortality.

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Booklist Review: "Rosa and Hou Yi are middle-aged women living with the consequences of youthful folly, who fight monsters together. Both of them have regrets, and neither talks much about their past, until one day the monster gets away and Hou Yi insists on hunting it down because its presence is somehow her fault. Over the course of their journey, their secrets come out: Rosa's prejudices, Hou Yi's tyranny, and the ways they both lost loved ones to their mistakes and miscommunication. The regrets and wisdom of aging monster hunters, who are starting to question who was the monster in the equation anyway, make for a complex and compelling relationship. The journey, and the struggles--both physical and mental--are perfectly epic, even in the span of a novella. Huang's (Zero Sum Game, 2018) use of threads from many different stories creates a satisfying backdrop, and presents the reader with familiar plot tropes from an entirely new perspective. It's an excellent piece of work, and Huang is clearly an author to watch."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Huang (Critical Point) dazzles in this dark, diverse fairy tale remix. Riflewoman Rosa, a riff on Red Riding Hood, and Hou Yi, a mythological Chinese archer, embark on a quest to defeat Hou Yi's former apprentice, Feng Ming, who's using firebirds to blaze a trail of destruction through the countryside. As they pursue Feng Ming, Rosa opens up to Hou Yi about her unhealthy friendship with scam artist Goldie (of three bears fame) and marriage to Mei, a foreign beauty who was imprisoned by a prince-turned-beast. She also tells of her desperate flight East to escape the king's men when her past as a hunter of grundwirgen, wolf-like animals with human intelligence, made her an outlaw. Rosa's emotional journey as she unlearns her bigotry against the grundwirgen is fascinating and well rendered. Meanwhile, Hou Yi, whose desperate drive for immortality fractured her family, is offered a chance to rebuild when her past catches up with her. The quest to stop Feng Ming, and Rosa and Hou Yi's parallel stories of reconciliation with the families they lost in their adventures are expertly woven, giving this slim volume an epic feel. Fantasy fans won't want to miss this. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Little Red Riding Hood -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Archers -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
Middle-aged women -- Fiction.
Women heroes -- Fiction.
Sunbirds -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Fairy tales.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 156 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781250763990
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