THE MOON IN THE PALACE
A NOVEL OF EMPRESS WUBook
A RITA Award Winner!
A 2016 RT Book ReviewsReviewers 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 theOne 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.
From Library Staff
When her father dies and her family is cast out of their home, 12-year-old Mei believes that her life is over. In fact, it's just beginning. Soon Mei receives a summons from the palace, informing her that she's been chosen to serve as one of 15 maidens of Emperor Taizong's Inner Court. To survive... Read More »