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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • retro
    May 23, 2019
    I like the idea behind this collection but wasn't keen on the execution. The fantasy elements are familiar - castles, kings/queens, mysterious forests and their witches, warring tribes, Important swords, talking dragons, faeries - and not dealt with in a particularly imaginative fashio...
  • 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...
  • Ruthsic
    Apr 16, 2019
    Warnings: violence, ableism, mention of self-harm, death of family member, misgendering, parental abuse, non-consensual kissing Rep: ownvoices trans and non-binary rep, POC characters (both main and secondary characters) An anthology of 'retellings' from the point of view of non-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Bee
    Mar 03, 2019
    Simply put, wow. I needed this book and I had no idea until I picked it up on a whim. No Man of Woman Born is a collection of seven short stories, all featuring trans and nonbinary characters in epic fantasy settings. Aside from how overjoyed I was with the representation in this ...
  • iam
    Mar 15, 2019
    No Man of Woman Born is a wonderful collection of short stories that center trans and nonbinary characters in traditional fantasy-story roles and prophecies in ways that are always true to their gender. Content warnings can be found at the beginning of the book and at the start of...
  • Amy
    Apr 20, 2019
    I can't believe this but...DNF at 25% I have been "currently reading" this for months and it's getting to the point where I am dreading picking it up...which should never be the case when reading a book, so I have decided to pass on this one. It's definitely a "me not you" situat...
  • 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...
  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    May 04, 2019
    This is a good collection of short stories, and, for the most part, I enjoyed it. More important than my opinion though: this short story collection is so important in terms of its non-binary and trans protagonists, and their neopronouns! - Features seven short fantasy stories that...
  • 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. ...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    Jan 20, 2019
    This is a collection of stories that all feature trans, nonbinary or gender fluid characters in a fantasy world where we don?t usually find them. What was particularly great about it is that these stories take place in the typical medieval setting, devoid of hormone therapy or anyth...
  • 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...
  • E.
    Apr 21, 2019
    It took me a while to get through this book but this was caused by personal matters and my inability to read short stories collections somewhat consistently and has no say on the quality of it. I loved that every story has trigger warnings and pronunciation guides of neopronouns if nee...
  • cassberrie
    Jan 29, 2019
    Review copy provided by Netgalley! No Man of Woman Born is a collection of seven short stories by nonbinary author Ana Mardoll, each exploring the concept of fantastical prophecies fulfilled by unlikely heroes, all trans, nonbinary, or questioning. A fisher whose village is at the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sophie
    May 12, 2019
    I cried many times during this book because of how good it felt to read these stories. THESE are the tales about prophecies and magic with gender identity I wish I read when I was younger. I really loved how the main character's gender played into the prophecy for each story. Like, '"n...
  • Elke
    Feb 21, 2019
    i was provided with an arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review this is such an important book to exist. i loved the subversion of tropes, the known stories but with trans and enby characters as heroes instead. i cannot stress enough how important it is that everybody ...
  • Izzie
    Jun 08, 2019
    This short story collection was a sheer joy to read and I can't even begin to imagine how wonderful it would be for younger people to read this - especially those who are questioning their gender. I wish my teenage self had had something as wonderful and empowering as this to read. ...
  • Littlebookterror
    Apr 18, 2019
    I received an advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book features seven short stories all about trans and nonbinary character with a twist on the common trope "no man of woman born". The idea is ingenious and all of these stories are very diffe...
  • 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...
  • Eshana Ranasinghe
    Feb 14, 2019
    Wow! This was such an emotional experience! I think I cried at least once for each story. No Man of Woman Born is a collection of short stories, all with nonbinary or questioning characters, all playing on how oddly specific and gendered prophecies are in fantasy novels. Of all the sto...
  • BadassCmd
    Feb 02, 2019
    This is a short story collection full of magic, myths and dragons, but also full of characters with diverse gender identities. The stories made me realize how much traditional fairy tales and heroic legends really rely in some ways on the traditional constructions of gender. So w...
  • 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...