New Release + Double Review: Zhanshi 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.
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Julia’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 review:

Zhànzhì is one of the best fairy tale retellings I’ve read! I loved how Anna Edwards kept true to the fairy tale while also adding her own originality. She spun it in a way that made Mulan fresh and modern while keeping the core of the story.

Lia is a badass. She’s trained her whole life knowing that she will have to be forced to be a wife. She dreams of being herself but also doesn’t want to dishonor her family. When a chance comes to honor her family and be who she feels she really is, she jumps on it. Jaxson is loyal through and through. He bleeds Yi Shu and will die Yi Shu. The romance that builds between Jaxson and Lia was one that was breatgtaking to see! These two were meant for each other.

Anna Edwards delivers a slightly dark and riveting read with Zhànzhì!

Heather’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩 review:

This is not your mother’s fairy tale that’s for sure. Zhanzhi is the dark retelling of a modern day Mulan. What can I say besides we get a fast paced story that follows the original story pretty closely. However, I did enjoy the twists the author threw in to make it her story. Lia is a badass that I may want to be like when I grow up. Honor and loyalty are big to her and she will do what she needs to, to prove just because she is a woman doesn’t mean she can’t kick ass. Jaxon is our hero and where loyalty and honor are big to Lia they are everything to him. The two of them together accomplish something that no other has. As we watch the two of them discover each other we get to see Lia spread her wings, and become who she truly is. Their love is timeless and as you will read their chemistry is hot and spicy. I enjoyed this dark retelling, and it is an awesome addition to this collection.



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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