The Moon in the Palace
by Weina Dai Randel
Praise For This Book:
“The Moon in the Palace depicts Empress Wu’s sharp, persistent spirit but does not neglect to make her believably naive and vulnerable, an untried girl among ruthless women. The intrigue and machinations of the imperial court come to life under her hand, a vast and dangerous engine with each piece moving for its own reasons.” - Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“The real triumph of The Moon in the Palace is how Randel succeeds in showing court politics exclusively through female eyes, and how every decision and subsequent action, success, and failure are skillfully plotted like a chess match by the palace women… Magical.” - Washington Independent Review of Books

“The engaging path of a Chinese empress.” - Dallas Morning News

“Lyrical and intriguing.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A very successful and transporting novel that beautifully captures the sounds, smells and social mores of 7th-century China.” - Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice

“Like fragile yet strong silk threads, Randel’s beautifully composed debut ensnares readers in the dynamic story of the young girl who would become Empress of the Bright Moon. Randel’s novel is an impressive tale of lethal court intrigue that is seductive and alluring. It is a story of one woman’s rise to power, but also of the relationships between the women of the palace. Readers will be transported by the colorful, fairy-tale-like story.” - RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK!

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