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Fauna of Mirrors was awarded the prize for an Unpublished Manuscript at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in 2022. Here's what the judges had to say:
"Fauna of Mirrors is an exhilarating and dream-like fantasy novel. The audacious and poised Princess Ying Yue, recently married in the kingdom of Jinghu Dao, is not one to sit idly by while her new family locks her away, and certainly not when a battle of epic proportions is raging outside her window. The mirror, a central theme of the novel, creates boundless metaphors, engendering a sense of suspense, mystery and introspection. It is a story about love, empire, betrayal and ultimately finding oneself.
Keshe Chow is a remarkable creator of fictional worlds. Her exquisite imagery is bright, crisp and utterly enveloping. The judges felt the breath of the enormous ox-like Aoyin, were enchanted by the mesmerising movement of koi and astonished as each gripping twist and turn in the narrative was revealed. It is not an overstatement to say that there is never a dull moment in this novel. It is an exciting contribution to the genre and an absolute joy to read."


Portrait of Fauna of Mirror protagonist, Ying Yue. (Credit: Al Hess)