Iron Widow

Pages: 400
Imprint: Rock the Boat

Iron Widow

Xiran Jay Zhao

Chinese history and mecha sci-fi combine in this dazzling YA retelling
9780861542093 (7 Oct 2021)
RRP £14.99

The Book

Additional Information

Pages 400
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

XIRAN JAY ZHAO is a first-gen immigrant from small-town China who was raised by the Internet. A recent graduate of Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, they wrote science fiction and fantasy while they probably should have been studying more about biochemical pathways. You can find them on Twitter @XiranJayZhao for memes, Instagram as xiranjayzhao for cosplays and fancy outfits, and YouTube as Xiran Jay Zhao for long videos about Chinese history and culture. Iron Widow is their first novel.


‘Like its ferocious heroine, Iron Widow is brutal, bloodthirsty and full of rage. Zetian's fight to shatter patriarchal definitions of power makes for a truly thrilling read.' 

- Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns