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.
Lita T’s Review: 5 STARS
Zhanzhi A Dark Retelling (Sinister Fairy Tales series) by Anna Edwards. This was a revised modern grown folks dark retelling of Mulan. Oh my!! Set in San Francisco Lia’s father and grandfather are a part of Yi Shu a modern day gang with roots from China. They are involved in a turf war with the Jin Long which is led by Wang, a despicable war lord who want all of California. Yi Shu need more recruits. Like in Mulan the male of the house or first born son needs to serve. Lia’s father has served his time and she must take his place. Her father has been teaching her to use a swords since she was a little girl. Now in training she has caught the eye of General Jaxon. He sees the new recruit. Zhanzhi has the skill but is small. While sparing with Zhanzhi Jaxon’s manhood stirs. There is an attraction between the two. Lia aka Zhanzhi knows the risk she is taken. If she is discovered it will mean death for her and dishonor for her family. She has feelings for Jaxon and feels bad deceiving him. Jaxon knows he isn’t gay but there is something about the new recruit. He just can’t put his finger on it. When Lia reveals herself to Jaxon they embark on a relationship that can have disastrous results. While fighting the Jin Long, things turn to the worst for Jaxon and especially Lia who despite being a woman has the heart of a warrior. This has to be the best retelling of any of the other fairy tales I have read. It definitely was darker and dirtier than the others. I loved it. Loved Jaxon and Lia. I wish I could get more from them. Wouldn’t mind another book about them. Just like my love for the kids tale of Mulan this adult version is just as entertaining. 5 sword slashing stars for me.
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.