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The Heavenly Sword by Alice Poon

The Heavenly Sword (Sword Maiden from the Moon)

The Heavenly Sword by Alice Poon is a fantasy novel that chronicles a martial maiden’s painful journey in search of love and justice in a world filled with human conflicts, exotic martial arts, sorcery, and celestial magic. To thwart the Sky Wolf Zhu Di’s ambitions to take the throne, the goddess Chang’e is dispatched to the realm of humans. Her celestial duty demands everything that Tang Sai’er, a humble village girl, can offer, but in order to shield her family and the villagers from the repercussions of Zhu Di’s horrific civil war, Sai’er also has to fight off her developing love for a member of the wicked tyrant’s court.

Sai’er must recruit the aid of immortals as she and her companions battle the evil new Emperor and other enemies like the ferocious Green Dragon. But even with their assistance, she discovers that her goals and her mission are in conflict.

The Heavenly Sword is the first book of a captivating duology that combines Chinese mythological tradition with imagined history to tell a sprawling story of familial love, group devotion, sacrifice, and kung fu competition.

“I’ve never read such a lyrical blend of legend, history, romance, and to cap it all off, martial arts battles so visceral they made me jump, all centered around Chang’e, the most tragic of Chinese goddesses. An emotional, imaginative, wild ride!”

— Larry Feign, author of The Flower Boat Girl

“I am a sucker for martial arts and Alice Poon has provided plenty of martial arts feats and fighting scenes to quench my thirst. I love how there was everything to the art of qi, cultivation and secret techniques passed down from master to disciple (a big favourite of mine). I love the exploration of Chinese Mythology and immortals. Sai’ers determination to save the people she loves and how she deals with her mission by strengthing herself physically and preparing herself emotionally. I loved the way her character was developed and can’t wait to see more of her in book 2.” 

— Khansa Rafiq, Book Reviewer

The author

Alice Poon grew up reading Jin Yong’s wuxia (or martial arts heroes) books, and throughout the years she has maintained a constant diet of contemporary wuxia/xianxia and historical C-dramas, as well as the greatest works of Chinese history and mythology. Her urge to write in the Chinese fantasy genre has been sparked with the publication of her two historical Chinese books, The Green Phoenix and Tales of Ming Courtesans. Her work has been influenced by historical periods, Chinese mythology, and wuxia/xianxia media. She wants to engage in using her imagination to create works of fiction. She resides in Vancouver, Canada.

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