Mini Book Review; Burning Roses- S.L Huang

Page Count 156

Publication date September 2020

Publisher Macmillian/Tor

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When Rosa (aka Red Riding Hood) and Hou Yi the Archer join forces to stop the deadly sunbirds from ravaging the countryside, their quest will take the two women, now blessed and burdened with the hindsight of middle age, into a reckoning of sacrifices made and mistakes mourned, of choices and family and the quest for immortality.



A sweet but solemn novella, Burning Roses is the tale of two battle women, Rosa and Hou Yi, discussing their troubled histories on a journey to stop a young apprentice and the fire breathing birds he called down on their land.

In this world talking animals are known to Rosa as ‘gwundwirgen’, accepted as part of the human race by some but not all. Her encounters with the gwundwirgen are spoken of in fairytale retellings including Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and Beauty & The Beast.

With trans and lesbian rep, Burning Roses is a magical tale of love and sorrow, heroes and villains, loyalty and betrayal.

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Author: Roxanne Michelle

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3 thoughts on “Mini Book Review; Burning Roses- S.L Huang”

  1. Hi! I just read this book the other day and really liked it. Just out of curiosity, where was the trans rep? I remember the two MC’s being lesbians but I don’t remember any trans characters.


      1. Huh, I didn’t interpret it that way. I thought they were being homophobic and referencing that she was masculine, but your interpretation maybe makes more sense. :/


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