The Moon in the Palace (2020)

The Moon in the Palace 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 ha
  • Title: The Moon in the Palace
  • Author: Weina Dai Randel
  • ISBN: 9781492613565
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oThere 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.The first volume of the Empress of Bright Moon duology 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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    1. Ten years of writing Eighty two rejection letters Two years of waiting to publication.Here she comes, from the bottom of my heart.

    2. I didn t know anything about the history of 7th century China but was intrigued from the beginning with Mei and her story The author successfully transported me there and for two days I found it difficult to come back I was intrigued by the emperor and by the complex political atmosphere of the palace as well as the fierce competition among the women and girls wanting to be the Most Adored of the Emperor, as they fall in and out of favor by deceit and lies The hierarchy of concubines, the promis [...]

    3. A Guerreira da Lua BrilhanteNa China de tempos imemoriais, numa sociedade onde a mulher pouco mais fazia que procriar, nasceu uma crian a encantadora uma menina de rosto perfeito, que brilhava com a intensidade da Lua.Reza a hist ria que um monge profetizara que tal beleza reinaria sobre os homens Estava escrito que Mei a menina que encarnara a beleza da Lua seria Imperatriz, e n o haveria nenhuma antes, nem outra depois Mei nascera num meio privilegiado O pai era governador e vivia com a fam li [...]

    4. I loved this book to pieces All my favorite things romance, intrigue, and rich, vivid historical detail And a glimpse of the complicated hierarchy of power in the imperial palace It reminded me of the Hong Kong serials I watched about Empress Wu and Princess Taiping when I was young happy sigh

    5. Before I start this review I want to say that this book, and it s sequel, and the most incredible and stunning books of this kind that I have ever read They tell a story I didn t know and had never heard of and that made reading these books a sheer joy and ultimate pleasure.The book tells the beginning of the life of Empress Wu, during the Tang Dynasty, when she first joins the palace women under the name of Mei and begins a life she could never have dreamed of and would maybe have horrified her [...]

    6. 3.75 stars Imperial China, courtesans, political intrigue, poisoning, double crossings, secret alliances, beheading, rebellions, jade and jewels, silkworms,prophecies, romance and destiny.

    7. 4 stars It was great I loved it.Prior to reading this, I did not know that much about China s 7th century dynasty history, or anything of Empress Wu The history revealed in the novel was fascinating and led me down numerous rabbit holes with Google searches and The author s writing style was enjoyable and I look forward to reading the rest of her series Favorite Quote To grow up was also to give up, and to build the future was to dissolve the past.First Sentence The day my future was foretold, I [...]

    8. But I understood it now Somehow, sometime in our lives, we all needed to find a path through the clouds of our destinies and walk down, Alone I knew now love and destiny were two wild horses that could not be curbed They galloped in different directions and ran down different paths where streams of desire and hope would not converge To follow one was to betray the other To make one happy was to break the other s heart Yet I supposed that was part of life, a lesson we had to learn To grow up was [...]

    9. How gorgeous is that cover Honestly, even if the book hadn t been about Wu Zetian, I would have picked up this book based on the cover alone.But thankfully the book is also very good I really enjoyed the story that Randel told here She did a great job of creating the character of Wu Zetian, especially the young woman we don t really know much about Wu is often portrayed as a villainess in history, but here, she is a sympathetic protagonist Randel did a great job humanizing the character of Wu.Sh [...]

    10. I adored this novel of ancient China in the same way I loved Anita Diamond s The Red Tent, both for the evocative language and the story of a time when lovers and wives were sisters, and jealousies and scheming were rampant Even when women had few rights I would not want to be one of them this story shows its female characters were not powerless, and somehow found the inner strength to improve their lot in life The book has left me thinking about marrying for love vs marrying for influence, and [...]

    11. Mei She begins the book as a child, and by the end of it, she has blossomed into a courageous, captivating woman who stays true to her heart, and her loyalties take her beyond her own expectations She was truly mesmerizing.Pheasant His gentleness, and kindheartedness circled my heart like a ray of sunshine He s a man of honor and distinction I look forward to reading about him in the next novel.The other characters were very well developed Some I loved, and others I loved to hate, all making fo [...]

    12. Reading The Moon in the Palace was a fascinating journey through part of Chinese history I knew nothing about Weina Dai Randel knows how to plot a story I couldn t put the novel down Each new chapter kept me guessing what would happen next The novel is rich with complex characters, historical detail, and poetic imagery I especially enjoyed the intrigue at the palace, where the novel is set I can t wait to read the second novel in the series, The Empress of Bright Moon

    13. I picked this book up because Kate Quinn gave this a four star review and we all know Kate Quinn is queen of historical fictions Oh, and China Whaddup, my peopleE GOOD This story spans nine years so there s a lot of development in Mei s initial status from an initial Select concubine to her eventual one step away from Most Adored status Good for you, homegirl And Pheasant Good for you, sweet face THE BAD Bad book chemistry, perhaps The narrative wasn t nearly as flat as The Course of Honorbut it [...]

    14. I met Weina Dai Randel when I was in the US earlier this year, attending the Historical Novel Society conference in Portland A gorgeous cover and intriguing premise worked their usual powerful force on me, and I added her novel The Moon in the Palace to the great pile of books I had to lug home.The story begins when a Buddhist monk predicts that a five year old girl named Mei would one day be the mother of emperors and reign over the kingdom of China From that moment, Mei s father began to plot [...]

    15. The MOON IN THE PALACE was reminiscent of the tale CINDERELLA but with an Asian twist and conniving women in it Weina Dai Randel creates a captivating story about the rise of the young Empress Wu, known as Mei in this book, and her struggles in the ruthless court of Emperor Taizing of the Tang Dynasty I loved how Randel showed Mei s determination and battle against impossible odds to achieve her dream The author did a wonderful job of keeping my interest with Mei having her wish just a grasp aw [...]

    16. Highly recommend this one It was hard to put down This first book of the only woman ruler of China, Empress Wu, deals with the early years of her life in the palace before she was the empress The palace politics, with successes and downfalls of the women and others surrounding the emperor, was fascinating I love historical fiction especially when it deals with areas that I know little to nothing about There were similarities to Memoirs of a Geisha in regards to women trying to make a better life [...]

    17. Este livro foi uma primeira vez para mim em v rios pontos e fico contente porque foi uma boa leitura e uma boa experi ncia.Opini o completa em aviciadadoslivros

    18. Wu Zetian, mais tarde conhecida por Imperatriz Wu e neste livro por Mei , foi a primeira e nica mulher a ocupar o trono imperial da China, entre 690 e 705 d.C Foi sobre esta personagem que Weina Dai Randel nascida na China mas atualmente a residir nos Estados Unidos decidiu escrever, naquela que a sua estreia nos romances A Imperatriz da Lua Brilhante, primeiro de dois romances sobre esta importante figura hist rica chinesa, cobre o per odo da juventude e chegada maioridade de Mei, intimamente l [...]

    19. The Moon in the Palace is the story of Mei, a concubine of the Chinese Emperor This is the first book in a duology that takes readers back to ancient China When Mei comes to court, she finds herself in stiff competition for the Emperor s affections She really has no idea what she is doing and the way that she captures his attention is unlike any other concubine This book explores the gilded court life and Mei s fascinating life at the center of it This book is so filled with court intrigue Mei i [...]

    20. i stumbled upon this book while reading The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell i was hunting for another book that was mentioned there when i found The Moon in the Palace From the first page onwards, i was hooked i have read books about Empress Wu and there are many version of her But in this book she was the same and yet different Here she is so innocent even though hhave been in Court for 5 years.i love the story of her and Pheasant It was very moving Here their love was vety much alive and felt re [...]

    21. First book in the epic tale of Empress Wu s younger years and her rise to become the first female ruler of China Filled with court intrigue and the politics of palace If you enjoy the Tudors, you ll love this Chinese icon.

    22. In 7th Century Chinese court, concubine Mei has no idea how to draw the interest of the all powerful Emperor Other girls ply him with expensive gifts, wear exotic scents, make art, and make themselves up to be especially alluring Mei has no clue about how to do any of these things and she is an outcast among the concubines.However, she is highly successful in gaining the Emperor s attention and admiration simply by being herself an intelligent woman in pursuit of continuing knowledge These are n [...]

    23. I love books that dust off the lives of history s forgotten women, so I thoroughly enjoyed Weina Dai Randel s take on Empress Wu s early years The ten years spent writing The Moon in the Palace show in all the tiny details that whisk the reader back to the Tang Dynasty scenes set in the silkworm workshop, Mei s trek to a Buddhist monastery, and a behind the scenes glimpse at the cutthroat political machinations of the Emperor s concubines The love story between Mei and Pheasant sets the stage pe [...]

    24. In an interview at the end of this novelization of the early life of ancient Chinese Empress Wu AD 624 705 , the author notes that in reaction against Maxine Hong Kingston s The Woman Warrior Memoirs of a Girlhood amongst Ghosts, she decided to tell stories about Chinese women who succeeded in controlling their destinies Though Wu is noted for being the only woman to be given the title emperor of China, her early days as fictionalized by Randel and no doubt in actual life, too do not show her en [...]

    25. 4 stars Born a humble man, Father had started out with selling lumber, built his fortune with his mere hands, and rose to be a powerful man who helped destroy a dynasty and found another He wanted me, his daughter, his heir, to accomplish than what he had achieved, to perpetuate his fame, and to reach a height no ordinary men, or women, could possibly dream of.I would not disappoint himThis is book, in its essence, was about a brave, kindhearted young girl who wanted to make her father proud an [...]

    26. Mei Wu is destined for greatness Dressed as a boy as a child, in part to protect her from marauders as well as for her father s freedom to educate her, Mei s future is foretold by a confused Buddhist monk It is a pity that the child is a boy, he says If the child were a girl , he predicts, she would mother the emperors of the land but also be emperor in her own name There would be none before her and none after So begins the elaborate, fascinating story of the early life of the woman who would b [...]

    27. The Moon in the Palace is a definite page turner This is the first time in a very, very long time that I became so completely hooked on a book, I often found myself reading for hours and losing track of time Few books are able to do that for me, but The Moon in the Palace definitely did not disappoint.I am fascinated by Wuzetain, the one and only empress of China, and have always been amazed and frightened of her reputation and rule In this tale, the author shows us a different perspective and a [...]

    28. I adore Cinderella stories.Nonfiction or fiction, it doesn t matter As long as the story features a strong, intelligent woman who rises from unlikely circumstances and has to fight her way up, I m all in Especially if she ends up saving herself and the guy too.That s why I m a huge fan of The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel.It s about the rise of the young Empress Wu before she became the Empress and truly reads like a Tang Dynasty era Cinderella story, with everything you d expect A smar [...]

    29. This book is a historical fiction novel that tells the tale of Empress Wu, a real life women who was the first and last women to rule China.The book shows the intricate spider web that is court life Dazzling, sticky, beautiful, but get too close, cause a disturbance, and the spider appears It s a book that shows how Mei must grow and adapt to this lifestyle A lifestyle where your life depends on how you appear, what you say, when you say it, where you look, what you think, how you act It s a tou [...]

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