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.
I always get a feeling when I read the first page of a book. From there I can usually gauge whether it’s a book I’ll be enthralled with or just another read for Goodreads. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected In Water sucked me right in from page 1.
This story starts off in a coffeeshop setting that resembled a western tavern feel. We view an unfolding of action, magic, bounty hunting and theft and then we transition into a story about self identity and how religion, cultural customs and prejudice affect that self identity.
Two very different types of people are thrown together in this story. A nun and a band of bandits and thieves. Through diverse story telling we experience beautiful thought provoking themes.
I don’t want to give too much away so I will leave this vague review because you have to experience the story for yourself. You can expect a tumultous journey, well spaced action, queer characters, amazing asian representation and excellent descriptions. Highly recommend!