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The Moon in the Palace (The Empress of Bright Moon Duology)
by Weina Dai Randel

Published: 2016-03-01
Paperback : 400 pages
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Nominated for "Best Historical Fiction" by Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
Nominated for "Best First Historical" by RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award 2016

A RITA Awards finalist
Recommended by Texas Library Association's 2017 Lariat Reading List


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Nominated for "Best Historical Fiction" by Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
Nominated for "Best First Historical" by RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award 2016

A RITA Awards finalist
Recommended by Texas Library Association's 2017 Lariat Reading List


"I absolutely loved The Moon in the Palace... A rare and beautiful treasure." -- Elizabeth Chadwick, NYT bestselling author


"Randel's gorgeous debut novel seductively pulls back the curtain to reveal the heartbreaking world of...China." -- Stephanie Dray, NYT bestselling Author of America's First Daughter

There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power

A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor's attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.

Mei's intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.

In the breakthrough first volume in the Empress of Bright Moon duology, Weina Dai Randel paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China?where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death?and the woman who came to rule it all.

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by Carolynr (see profile) 03/29/16

am not sure if i would recommend this to a book club just because is such a simple, easy read - more of a beach read. and it is the first in a series of three. But it IS based on a true historical character... (read more)

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