The Hand, the Eye and the Heart

By Zoe Marriott

From beloved fantasy writer Zoë Marriott comes an epic adventure about courage and gender identity set in a fairy-tale China.

“A rising star of fantasy fiction.” The Times For fans of Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Sarah J Maas Zhilan was assigned female at birth. Despite a gift for illusions, they know they are destined to live out their life within the confines of the women’s quarter. But when civil war sets the empire aflame, Zhilan is determined save their disabled father from the battlefield. By taking his place. Surviving brutal army training as a boy – Zhi – is only the first challenge. In the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile, and soon the fate of a nation rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must decide where their heart truly belongs…

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406383546
  • Published: 04 Apr 2019
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 448

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Customer reviews


'“Inspired by the story of Mulan, Marriott explores ideas of gender and belonging in this fast-paced novel set in a fairytale China.”' The Guardian

'“Set in a richly imagined fairy-tale China, Marriot weaves topical themes of gender identity into an epic fantasy adventure.”' The Bookseller

'“[…] a story that has a deserving and important place on bookshelves today.”' The Clare People

'“Exceptional fantasy, utterly spell-binding.”' Fallen Star Stories

'“This will make a superb addition to the school library and will hopefully help young people in their questions about their own gender.”' BooksForKeeps

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