The Moon in the Palace

The Moon in the Palace

Book - 2016
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A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor's attention. Young Mei knows nothing of the 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 as divided loyalties split the palace in two, Mei is thrown into a perilous battle that she can only hope to survive.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781492613565
Branch Call Number: FIC RAND
Characteristics: 395 pages ; 21 cm.


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Mar 14, 2020

1st book of 2. Second book is The Empress of Bright Moon.

Oct 14, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. I was constantly thinking about the story whenever I had to set it down and do something else. I was on the edge of my seat wondering how Mei would make the journey from hapless concubine to Empress of ancient China. It's a mesmerizing novel!

RandomLibrarian Aug 20, 2019

Review excerpt: "The most intriguing aspect of this book is the interpersonal dynamics between the women and the elaborate political games in which they engage. In ancient China (and in many other places), external power belongs to the men. At the Emperor’s Court, a woman’s worth and power derives from the interest displayed by the Emperor as well as the success in bearing the Emperor male heirs. Because access to and the favor of the Emperor is a scarce resource, the relationships between the women are fraught with intrigue and power struggles. Mei learns this the hard way when she is betrayed by a woman whom she believed was a friend and almost mentor.

Throughout the book, she faces dilemmas about whom to trust and to align with. Making these choices becomes even more difficult when she develops a friendship with and later an attraction to a young man whom she learns is the Emperor’s son. As this book progresses, she learns from each mistake and further cements her own power base though the book ends before that power is fully realized. Thankfully, there’s another book in the series and I plan to read it. If you enjoy novels about relationships between women and women finding their own inner strength through those relationships, you will enjoy this book."

Mar 08, 2018

Hard to put down. This one evoked all sorts of emotions. Enjoy!

annelise14 Jan 18, 2018

An enjoyable read for those interested in Chinese history with touch of romance, mystery and action.


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