The Moon in the Palace

The Empress of Bright Moon Duology

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A 2016 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Nominee for First Historical Romance!

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. 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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About the author

Weina Dai Randel was born and raised in China. Her passion for history compels her to share classical Chinese literature, tales of Chinese dynasties, and stories of Chinese historical figures with American readers. She is an adjunct professor and is also a member of the Historical Novel Society.

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Mar 1, 2016
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Fiction / Asian American
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From the bestselling author of the "dazzling historical saga" (The Washington Post), Moloka'i, comes the irresistible story of a young immigrant bride in a ramshackle town that becomes a great modern city

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Honolulu is the rich, unforgettable story of a young "picture bride" who journeys to Hawai'i in 1914 in search of a better life.

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Weina Dai Randel
La historia de la primera y única mujer emperatriz de China que gobernó en su propio nombre.

Para una mujer, el camino hacia el poder nunca es sencillo.

Año 631, quinto año de la dinastía Tang. Mei vive con su familia cuando su felicidad se ve completamente destruida y ella acaba en las dependencias del palacio imperial formando parte del ejército de concubinas.

Ahí aprenderá que en palacio hay muchos caminos para atrapar la atención del emperador. Algunas maquillan sus caras de blanco y se peinan con cuidado, con la esperanza de fascinarle con su belleza. Otras se presentan con fantásticos regalos, como colgantes de jade o rollos de caligrafía.

Pero la joven e inteligente Mei será la única que conseguirá impresionar al emperador con las mismas cualidades que hacen de ella un personaje marginado entre las otras concubinas...

Y así comienza a destacar la primera y única mujer que llegó a ser emperatriz en la antigua China.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Un impresionante relato de intrigas cortesanas letales, seductora y fascinante. Es la historia del ascenso de una mujer al poder, pero también de las relaciones entre las mujeres de palacio. Los lectores se sentirán transportados a otro mundo.»
RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

«Una novela que retrata el espíritu agudo y persistente de la emperatriz Wu, sin dejar de presentar su lado vulnerable. Las intrigas y mauqinaciones de la corte imperial cobran vida, una maquinaria, grande y peligrosa, en la que cada pieza se mueve por sus propias razones.»
Shelf Awareness, STARRED Review

«Una novela que captura con gran belleza los sonidos, aromas y conflictos socials de la China del siglo VII.»
Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice

«Lírica e intrigante.»
Kirkus Reviews

«Una novela rica en detalles. Mei es aventurera, inteligente, trabajadora e intrépida.»
The Dallas Morning News

«Randel muestra la política cortesana a través de los ojos de una mujer. Mágica.»
Washington Independent Review of Books

«Me encantó The Moon in the Palace... Un tesoro único.»
Elizabeth Chadwick, NYT bestselling author

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