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There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power A concubine at the palace learns uickly 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 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

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The Moon in the PalaceOf 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 forgetMei’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 posi Before I start this review I want to say that this book and it's seuel 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 pleasureThe 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 if she'd been told what her life had in store for her What a terribly intriguing life she led if this book is to be believed too intriguing and dangerous to boot To live in the way Mei does is heartbreaking to read never knowing which way things will go for you will you be accepted and loved or shunned and hated Seems like a terrible way to live but Mei does it with calm aplomb knowing what she wants without any real clue how to get there without sheer luck Mei is a curiously fascinating girlwoman and one that I really wanting to learn about so when the seuel appeared on my radar it was a must read as I felt I needed to know what happened next in her life and where her love affair with the enigmatic Pheasant would progress next The romantic side of this book doesn't overshadow the underlying story at all and lies peacefully with the rest of Mei's taleThis book is so very detailed and I put my hands up to the author for bringing such incredible detail and depth to the story The characters are all very deep intense and credibly realistic they evoke love and hatred within the reader in eual amounts which is the way a reader needs the character to be to keep the book interesting and evocative The evolution of the character over the course of the book is also wonderfully constructed giving each one extra depth and making each of them even the remarkable The world building is also perfectly done the vibe for the time is brilliant and the descriptive work on the scenery and architecture is also well crafted and evokes the images in detail within your mind's eye which only adds to the overall feel of the book The pacing within the story is also well done with the perfect ebb and flow that keep the story evolving in the way that keeps you hooked and makes the book almost impossible to put down which I suffered from seeing as I read the book in just two sittings myselfIn all seriousness if you enjoy historical fiction and are intrigued by Asian culture then this book is one to consider as it truly is a scenic and evocative tale full of beautiful elements structured into one of the most stunning tales I have ever read as is the seuel It's definitely worth trying in my opinion as this is a sensational air of books that deserve every accolade they receive

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The Moon in the Palace eBook à Paperback º eyltransferservices º ❮PDF❯ ✑ The Moon in the Palace Author Weina Dai Randel – There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power A concubine at the palace learns uickly that there are many ways to capture the ETion 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 surviveThe 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 a 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 aloneBut 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 WuShe also did a good job of taking us inside Tang Dynasty China an era I don’t know a lot about I usually focus on ing Dynasty China While this is a work of fiction it is clear a lot of research went into her descriptions and it was interesting to see what life was like inside the palace at that timeUnfortunately the book is part of a two book set and I haven’t read the second one yet I’m dying to know what happens from Wu’s point of view I mean I know from history the basic outline of events but reading about this from a first person perspective will be very interesting My suspicion is that Randel actually wrote one book but it was too long so the publisher divided it into two I really can’t wait to get my hands on the second half