Top Recommendation Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Saturday, November 06, 2021


The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn't matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​

To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.


These last months I'm so lucky with the choices I make in fantasy books. I'm so impressed and surprised with this one.The plot was fantastic and the characters rocked this story.I fall in love with everyone and I was so connected to the story.

The world-building was so well done I was feeling like I was a part of the story.Wu Zetian is my new favorite heroine, omg she is so strong, seriously I loved her so hard and admired her a lot through the sory.

The story follows her as she plans to become a concubine for a certain Chrysalis pilot in order to get revenge for her Big Sister's death.Things took a different turn though and she instead become the Iron Widow and was paired with Li Shimin, a different pilot who also happens to have the strongest qi. Sounds unique right?

❝ He should be the Iron King, and I should be the Iron Queen. Yet Iron Demon and Iron Widow is all they'll let us be. ❞

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