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Book of the Month

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'A compelling and deftly written ghost story' - Kate Elliott, author of Cold Magic

Black Water Sister - Zen Cho

Her grandmother may be dead, but she's not done with life . . . yet. As Jessamyn packs for Malaysia, it's not a good time to start hearing a bossy voice in her head.

Broke, jobless and just graduated, she's abandoning America to return 'home'.

But she last saw Malaysia as a toddler - and is completely unprepared for its ghosts, gods and her eccentric family's shenanigans. Jess soon learns her 'voice' belongs to Ah Ma, her late grandmother.

She worshipped the Black Water Sister, a local deity. And when a business magnate dared to offend her goddess, Ah Ma swore revenge.

Now she's decided Jess will help, whether she wants to or not. As Ah Ma blackmails Jess into compliance, Jess fights to retain control.

But her irrepressible relative isn't going to let a little thing like death stop her, when she can simply borrow Jess's body to make mischief.



Meet the Author

Zen Cho

Zen Cho was born and raised in Malaysia, and lives in the UK. She is the author of the Sorcerer to the Crown historical fantasy novels, the Lambda Award-nominated novella The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water and a short story collection, Spirits Abroad. Her newest novel is Black Water Sister, a contemporary fantasy set in Malaysia.

Zen’s short fiction has been awarded a Hugo, honour-listed for the Carl Brandon Society Awards, shortlisted for the Ray Bradbury Prize, and translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Chinese and Japanese. She was a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, joint winner of the Crawford Award for Spirits Abroad, and winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer for Sorcerer to the Crown. Sorcerer to the Crown was also a nominee for various other awards, including the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and featured on multiple “Best Books of 2015” lists.

Zen edited the short story anthology Cyberpunk: Malaysia, a finalist for the Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards. She has been a juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds grants and a SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) mentor for emerging writers, as well as serving on the Board of the non-profit Con or Bust. She co-organised UK convention Nine Worlds Geekfest’s first Race & Culture programming track. She has spoken about genre and social justice on BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio News and Al Jazeera’s online daily TV show The Stream.

When she isn’t writing, Zen works as a lawyer. She enjoys cooking and baking, reading, gossip and travel.

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