No Man of Woman Born

No Man of Woman Born

Destiny sees what others don't. A quiet fisher mourning the loss of xer sister to a cruel dragon. A clever hedge-witch gathering knowledge in a hostile land. A son seeking vengeance for his father's death. A daughter claiming the legacy denied her. A princess laboring under an unbreakable curse. A young resistance fighter questioning everything he's ever known. A little gir Destiny sees what others don't. A quiet fisher mourning the loss of xer sister to a cruel dragon. A clever hedge-w...

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Title:No Man of Woman Born
Author:Ana Mardoll
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Genres:Fantasy
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:243 pages pages

No Man of Woman Born Reviews

  • Xan West
    Jul 09, 2018
    This collection grabbed my by the heart and by the throat. It was an intense and emotional read for me, and I'm so grateful it exists in the world. These are stories that are very clearly written for trans and/or non-binary readers, and they made me cry in the best way. Read my full...
  • Jessie
    Aug 03, 2018
    This felt so incredibly kind to me. It's not that all the stories take place in societies/cultures that widely understand and accept trans and nonbinary folks, but more that the narration always affirms them. It uses correct pronouns and names for trans and nonbinary protagonists all t...
  • Brigid Keely
    May 03, 2018
    I should note that I received this as a review copy, with no compensation for my review. This is an anthology of reworked short fairy tales/fantasy stories about dragons and swords stuck wantonly into stones and prophecies, most of which are gender based. Mardoll is bisexual, on the...
  • Jennie Vance
    Jul 28, 2018
    This is an imaginative collection of short stories centered on characters that are trans and/or nonbinary. They were all really good and I enjoyed getting a perspective on the fantasy genre that I wasn't used to. (Although that's my fault for not seeking more of those stories out!) My ...
  • Greymalkin
    Aug 22, 2018
    I was drawn in by the premise because prophecy loopholes are always delightful. And as someone who is new to understanding the world of gender pronouns, I was looking forward to learning how to write more inclusively and to introduce my brain to thinking in less rigidly binary ways. Th...
  • Rowan MacBean
    Jul 29, 2018
    I. Love. This. Book. Give me all the trans/enby characters beating the bad guys because they aren?t what the bad guy expected. I already loved the trope of gender-specific prophecies being beaten by loopholes; now I love it even more. ...
  • Nicole Field
    Jul 17, 2018
    This book is So Important. I feel that it should be required reading in primary- and high schools. The stories themselves aren't at all complex. At heart, every single one of them are a fantasy story involving a prophesy that has something to do with a character who is a gender out...
  • Cassandra
    Sep 16, 2018
    Beautiful, thoughtful, timely, and so very necessary. It is impossible to overstate how powerful it is, seeing oneself represented in fiction for the first time?not as the butt of a joke or a tragic subplot, but as the hero, overcoming dragons and tyrants and evil spells through cour...
  • Cristie
    Nov 04, 2018
    The hubs and I had a conversation the other day about Sigourney Weaver's role in Alien. It was my position that Ripley was written in such a way that the gender of the actor wouldn't have mattered. The character and the story were strong enough on their own that acknowledging gender wo...
  • Cori
    Sep 23, 2018
    Disclaimer: I recorded the audiobook. But, if you don't already know, that takes a LONG time with all the editing required -- so I really wouldn't have done it unless I genuinely enjoyed the stories. My rating is both biased and honest. :) These fantasy stories feature transgender a...
  • Anna
    Aug 10, 2018
    Mardoll?s fairy-tale retellings are hella satisfying, with a focus on magical validation of gender identity. Prophecies are fulfilled by trans characters instead of c-sections, and it?s great. The writing flows nicely, apart from neopronoun use which I need the help getting used to...
  • Michelle
    Aug 23, 2018
    Ana Mardoll's No Man of Woman Born is such a delightful read! The way that xie weaves xer stories is enchanting and written with such tenderness and warmth, which I found quite lovely. I liked all the stories in this anthology, but I was especially fond of King's Favor, Daughter of Kin...
  • Alexa
    Oct 26, 2018
    (Note: I bought this book with my own money, and then downloaded it from NetGalley too because why not.) review queued on blog for tomorrow, will post it here after. ...
  • Kelly
    Jul 15, 2018
    This is a really fun collection of fairy tale and fantasy stories about trans people and gendered prophecies. If your spell specifies that "the princess" will fall asleep when she pricks her finger with a spindle, what happens when the royal kid turns out to be genderfluid? And if you'...
  • Shira Glassman
    Aug 01, 2018
    Rarely do I run across a book so needed as No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll. Uplifting representation for nonbinary (and binary trans as well) characters in fairy tale and epic fantasy settings, by a nonbinary author is something I see people asking rainbow book blogs for practicall...
  • Madeline
    Jun 20, 2018
    This collection of short fantasy stories starring transgender and non-binary characters gives me the warm fuzzies. The variety of stories told is impressive and a credit to Mardoll. My one regret is that some of these stories aren't fleshed out into larger novels. I loved these charact...
  • ren
    Jul 15, 2018
    this was delightful little book. all stories are good, but my favorite was the one that give the book its title, "no man of woman born". the last one also had me grinning at my kindle. 4.5 stars. ...
  • Andria Potter
    Oct 30, 2018
    No Man of Woman Born. The title is what caught my eye, it was catchy and interesting and sounded like the kind of thing I would read. Then I realized it was a collection of short stories, and while I?m not normally one for Anthologies, I definitely had to read this. It was exactly wh...
  • Allie
    Sep 08, 2018
    Taken apart, I enjoyed most of these stories and found some of them very affirming indeed. Taken together, the prophecy theme became frustratingly repetitive and even a bit rigid (although I did enjoy the way the last story subverted the book's own chosen trope). ...
  • Elle Maruska
    Jul 16, 2018
    Oh this was such a wonderful collection of fairy tales!! Each story deals with prophecy--a common trope in fantasy--but in new and wonderful ways that play with genre conventions. There is so much love and respect for the characters in each story; no one suffers unnecessarily, there's ...
  • Camille
    Nov 08, 2018
    7 short stories who deal with the prophecies' limits when it comes to gender in fantasy. It was a delightful read who explores gender identity, we need more stories about genderqueer people in fantasy. ...
  • Moss Aphelion
    Jul 07, 2018
    I am beyond grateful that this book exists. That there is fantasy for and by and about trans people. That it has a variety of characters with a variety of pronouns. That it is all Content Warned for appropriately. I'm just very happy to have read a collection of stories the re-conce...
  • Jennifer Linsky
    Jul 24, 2018
    Quite delightful, and filling a much-needed-to-be-filled niche. I would love to see any and all of these tales expanded upon, enlarged to become books in their own right; particularly those which left me saying, "Yes? And then what happened?" A bit more explanation than just how to ...
  • Valour
    Sep 07, 2018
    Finally some tales I can call my own I have always known I wasnt a girl. As a child this was a shameful secret, the knowledge rejected by the adults around me, who pushed me unrelenting ly to try and make me be natural. Finding the right words as an adult for who I am, has been a...
  • KappaBooks
    Oct 20, 2018
    If you've ever wanted your fairy-tales to be queerer, especially more trans, this is the book for you. Every short story centers around the idea of trans people, non-binary and binary, being loopholes for prophecies because the prophecy has weird gendered language. Usually I'd g...
  • Joc
    Oct 27, 2018
    This is an anthology of fantasy stories where the main characters are transgender or nonbinary people. Some of the stories use neo-pronouns (for example, xie instead of he/she and xer instead her/him) which took a few pages to get used to but I quite liked it by the end. In some ways i...
  • Reading Lit
    Oct 23, 2018
    Wonderful and engaging fantasy fromm Ana Mardoll. This is a book that does credit to the genre and I especially enjoyed getting the context of the author's thoughtful introduction. ...
  • K.B. Rainwater
    Sep 19, 2018
    Short fantasy fiction at its finest A note of caution: The neopronouns can be a bit jarring, since they're unfamiliar; but you get used to them after a while. I loved every one of these stories, and was relieved to get to the end only because it was already an hour past my bedtime,...
  • E.M. Neftelberg
    Aug 29, 2018
    This book is a delightful read. The prose is smooth and beautiful, the characters full of life, and the entire project was crafted with love that you can sense on every page. I did get tripped up on some unfamiliar pronouns, but that's totally on me - that just means we need more stori...
  • Lincoln  Guerra
    Oct 21, 2018
    As a young enby person, it was extremely uplifting to see characters like me in my favorite genre. The few fiction books about trans characters I've seen are realistic fiction, and while that's fine and valuable, I've really been missing characters like me in fantasy. This book is extr...