The Moon in the Palace (The Empress of Bright Moon Duology Book 1)
by Weina Dai Randel
Genre: Historical Fiction/Asian-American/Chinese
1.88 at time of posting!
Winner of RWA RITA® Award 2017
Goodreads Choice Awards “Best Historical Fiction” semi-finalist
RT Book Reviewers Choice “Best First Historical” nominee
Recommended by Texas Library Association’s 2017 Lariat Reading List
A San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention
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.