Review: No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll // Or, Trans People Deserve Every (Happy) Story

Title: No Man of Woman Born

Author: Ana Maroll

Publisher: Acacia Moon Publishing

Release Date: July 10th 2018

Pages: 352

Genres:  Fantasy | LGBT | Short Stories


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 needed.

★★★★☆ | Tangled nets
Good start. I like how it was family-focused and Wren’s motivation was xer mother and sister first and the whole unjust system latter. I’m pretty sure it was a retelling of ‘The Lottery’? & that Wren’s autistic.

★★★★☆ | King’s favour
I think the only thing I didn’t like was that the scarce dialogue and listings of herbs made me lose focus every now and then. Other than that I loved the tragic irony the Witch-Queen got herself into and how Caran saved nerself with the simplest magic.

★★★★☆ | His Father’s Son
Trans boy getting revenge on the bastard who killed his family. Cool society concept with many mothers and I think remarrying? Or the concept of marriage as a couple which is currently rising a child together?
A bit deus ex machina but still satisfying.

★★★★,5 | Daughter of Kings
Never say no to a nice trip to an evil magic forest. Cool things may happen.
King Arthur’s Excalibur retelling with a bi, trans woman. Also, men are such useless rulers in this one.

★★★★☆ | Early to rise
Genderfluid sleeping beauty retelling! When you spend your life getting yourself ready for the influence of prophecy but then nothing goes as planned you need to be really clever to get yourself and your kingdom out of the trouble.
Also, I’m pretty sure that MC is ace.

★★★★,5 | No Man of Woman Born
Why the prophecy that “no man of woman born can’t kill you” doesn’t make you invincible? a. there’s a lot of people who are not men, and b. not every person to give birth to another person is a woman.
A story about exploring one’s gender in the light of prophecy. Do I feel like my assigned gender does not fit me because I want to fit the prophecy or am I trying to fulfill the prophecy to have an excuse to explore my gender identity? Is there a point at which I should have a definite answer? Will this answer change the more I learn?

★★★★☆ | The Wish-Giver
A badass little girl battling a dragon to get her gender recognised. Just imagine a tiny girl facing a big ass dragon and tell me you don’t want to know how THAT plays out.

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