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...
  • 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. ...
  • Sally
    Jan 09, 2019
    Oh my. I have no words. Having finished No Man of Woman Born I fear I may be hopelessly infatuated with Ana Mardoll's voice and vision. This was such a beautiful, powerful, and necessary collection. I am envious, jealous even, of a generation that gets to grow up reading empowering, in...
  • Devann
    Nov 18, 2018
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley I know posting excerpts from the author's notes is not generally the 'done thing', but it seems to be something I've been doing more and more lately. After all, who can explain a book better than the author in their own words: "T...
  • 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...
  • Alex
    Jan 11, 2019
    *I Received this book by NetGalley for an honest Review* Before we even start can we all take a second to swoon over this cover, seriously it drew me in right away. After reading the synopsis I was very interested. I can honestly say I had never read a book anything like it, and I'm...
  • Alex
    Jan 12, 2019
    *I Received this book by NetGalley for an honest Review* Before we even start can we all take a second to swoon over this cover, seriously it drew me in right away. After reading the synopsis I was very interested. I can honestly say I had never read a book anything like it, and I'm...
  • 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 Samuel
    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...
  • Jay
    Dec 07, 2018
    I received this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Having seen this book talked about by a few people, I jumped at the chance to get to read & review it. Some of the stories were a little too short or simple for my tastes (which is usually my main ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Katie.dorny
    Nov 24, 2018
    This book took me a while to get into. I am trying to read more LGBTQIA books so i can see more representation of myself and my friends in the world. This novel definitely achieved that head on in every mini story and taught me things i didn't know like neo pronouns in literature. ...
  • J.A. Grier
    Nov 26, 2018
    I'm glad I read this book. It recasts well known tropes and fairy tales through a gender flexible lens. The writing is solid, and the stories important. If you are looking for a positive view of gender in speculative fiction, this is for you. Also, the author is well worth supporting f...
  • 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. ...
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    Dec 17, 2018
    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This was an absolute joy. If you like fantasy at all, especially if you like twists on fantasy tropes, you need to read this. Despite most of the stories all being based on the idea "prophecy seems to foretell that ev...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jypsy
    Jan 18, 2019
    I just skimmed through this one. I don't care for the content. It's not for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...
  • 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...
  • Jaime
    Jan 14, 2019
    ?If Halwen?s prophecy were true, Wren could do this because xie was neither man nor woman. Xie was human and whole, but different from others. Wren was xerself.? I first heard of this book through unconventional means, to say the least. I was in a weird mood so I was scrolli...
  • Tuex
    Nov 20, 2018
    I am in love with this collection of short stories. I can see myself in them because for once non-binary and trans people are represented in such a way that it is not a trope or some major plot point for the rest of the characters. Them being trans is aid to the story rather than the...
  • 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...
  • J.D. DeHart
    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. ...
  • Shriya Uday
    Jan 12, 2019
    The concept of this book held incredible promise it did not deliver as much as i wanted it to. The use of neopronouns and having these characters in the spotlight was great but their arcs and stories were too predictable for me to properly enjoy it. The writing was simple and reinforce...