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#ARCReview Zhanshi by Anna Edwards

Title: Zhanshi

Series: Part of the “Sinister Fairytales Collection”, Standalone

Author: Anna Edwards

Genres: Dark Mulan Retelling

Release Date: 26 May 2020


Lia has known she was different since the age of five when her father taught her the skills of her ancestors. His stories of heroic exploits have fueled her fantasies for years. Little did she know that her expertise would be called upon when two cities, two triads, go to war. Will it be a step too far to think she can hide who she really is?

Jaxon has known his career path since he was a little boy when his father promised his only son to the leader of the Yu Shi triad. Jaxon doesn’t mind—it allows him to center his chaotic thoughts and fight his opponents to the death. But when he’s partnered with a mysterious new recruit, he begins to question everything he knows. What is the young boy hiding from him?

Zhanzhi is a modern day retelling of the tale of Mulan for the Sinister Fairytales Collection. Warrior Lia must find her inner strength to defeat a deadly enemy, who’s been left bitter by his quest for absolute power, while at the same time falling in love when she least expects it. Nothing will be as it seems in this dark triad world where a moment’s hesitation can be your downfall.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
ARC Source: Author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions

This collection is definitely a winner! Everything that I’ve read so far was a 5-star read! “Zhanshi” by Anna Edwards is no different! I loved everything about the book, from the first chapter till the last! This was my first book form the author and I’m intrigued with her work.

I’m the young woman who’ll save her father by playing the part her heart has always longed for.

Lia’s family has been part of the Yu Shi faction since her grandfather’s generation. Because of the faction they are able to live a better life in America. Growing up she felt different. Even though in this world, the women are raised to be wives, she always longed to become a warrior. When the heat between Yu Shi and Jin Long is increasing, the leader activated the one-man rule. Her father only had daughters, so in order to protect his health, she decides to join instead disguised as a man.

Lia is gone. Zhan is here to stay.

Jaxon is known as the Blond Demon of the Yu Shi faction. He was raised from the triad leader after his parents died. He may not be Yu Shi by blood, but he owes his life to them. Loyalty to the faction is all he knows, so it’s a no brainer that now that war is brewing, he’ll be in the front line. What he didn’t anticipated is a young man joining, Zhan.

The book is dark. There are some graphic scenes included. It’s basically the story of Mulan taking place in a modern mafia setting. I liked the enemy factions story. My favorite thing by far was Lia’s characters. She’s a true warrior with a spirit stronger than many of the male soldiers. She’s feisty and always ready to make hard decisions! Jaxon compliments her perfectly. I preferred the way she was revealed as a girl in comparison to the original story!

If you are looking for a strong female lead, then this book is definitely for you. Lia will be a character that you’ll love, and her story will keep you at the edge of your seat. I totally recommend this book and I’ll make sure to look out more of the author’s books!!


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All I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time, I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi.

I’m an avid reader who turned to writing to combat my depression and anxiety. I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality.

I like my heroes hot and hunky with a dirty mouth, my heroines demure but with spunk, and my books full of dramatic suspense.

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Until next time..Demetra xx

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