Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Release Blitz ~ Zhànshì by Anna Edwards

Title: Zhànshì
Series: Sinister Fairytales Collection
Author: Anna Edwards
Genre: Dark Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: May 26, 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.

This is Mulan for adults and I liked it very much. 

A nice addition to this series and this is a story that really follows the original which I appreciated. While the story follows, this is not a child's story, not even a little bit. Lia is our Mulan, she has the heart of a warrior for sure. When her father gets called to fight, Lia knows what she must do. Pretending to be a boy, she gets noticed for her superior fighting skills. 

Jaxson is the general for the Yu Shi, a Chinese Mafia fraction in California. Their enemies are the Jin Long who are lead by the evil and ruthless Wang. Jaxson is known as the Blond Devil and long believed to be part of a prophecy that will bring peace to the Yu Shi and end this long war. Jaxson takes notice to his new soldier and starts to feels things that are not expected.

This is sexy and dark, full of bloodshed and fierce conviction. I did really enjoy Ms. Edwards' reimagining of this story. There were things that moved quickly but the story felt full and well-developed.


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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