Review – The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

Posted June 9, 2020 by Nicky in Reviews / 4 Comments

Cover of The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen ChoThe Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, Zen Cho

Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 23rd June 2020

I love the idea of Wuxia, but I’ve actually encountered very little of it, and I think that puts me at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to evaluating how successful this is, and knowing how to enjoy it. And it’s marketed as being about a “found family” — well, that should be totally up my street!

Unfortunately, I didn’t really get along with it as well as I’d hoped, and the “found family” feels fairly thin. The characterisation of anyone apart from the main characters is fairly light, and I didn’t really feel I got a handle on who anyone was as a person and what they held dear, apart from those main two (and even then, sometimes I struggled). It feels like it’s going to be an adventure story, but in the end it’s more personal — only I didn’t feel like I came along for the journey.

This sounds more critical than I want to be; I enjoyed reading it, and appreciated Tet Sang a lot. I don’t know how to stack up my experience here against other Wuxia books, and I think that’s part of the problem.

Rating: 3/5

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4 responses to “Review – The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

  1. Great review! I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you hoped, but I’ve seen a few similar reviews for this one so you’re not alone there. It’s one I’d really like to try myself, but I’m going to wait until it’s a little cheaper—I get a little frustrated with how expensive Tor novellas are.
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    • Yeah… I do think it’s partly just not being super aware of the genre and tropes. I think it might be pretty clever if you know that kind of thing!

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