Iron Widow

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Compelling, violent blend of fantasy, sci-fi, empowerment.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+

Most Ferocious Heroine I Have Ever Read

Iron Widow shatters the patriarchal system in which this story is set. Through a violent past and present the main character fearlessly fights what is expected of her every step of the way. Sometimes shocking and sometimes with unintended consequences she does everything in her power to buck the system. There is a love triangle with all three parties equally loved and loving toward one another. The violence can be dark with descriptions of foot binding and water boarding being two examples. Alcohol addiction is part of a storyline but in a non-traditional way. There is a handful of swears (f***). Overall, this is a primal empowerment story in a sci-fi situation with some fantasy mixed in. It is the first book in a duology with the second, Heavenly Tyrant, due for release in late August.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Book Details

  • Author: Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Robots
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Teen
  • Publication date: September 21, 2021
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: February 1, 2022

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