Thorndike Press

The Empress of Bright Moon: A Novel of Empress Wu

  • Weina Dai Randel
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  • ISBN-10: 1410491145
  • ISBN-13: 9781410491145
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 lbs ( .75 kgs)
  • 636 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released September 2016

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Empress of Bright Moon Duology

At the moment of the Emperor’s death, everything changes. Mei, his former concubine, is free, and Pheasant, the heir and Mei’s lover, is proclaimed Emperor. But just when Mei believes she’s closer to her dream, Pheasant’s chief wife, Lady Wang, powerful and unpredictable, takes unthinkable measures to stop her.


Customer Reviews

“A must-read for fans of historical fiction set in ancient China, this novel offers a compelling look at a woman’s unprecedented rise to power.”

— Library Journal (starred)

“The author's talent for dramatic, well-timed dialogue, and portrayal of women's friendships and emotions especially dislikes, jealousy, and fear - intensifies the reader's understanding of palace intrigue. . . . A full immersion, compulsively readable tale that rivals both Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid (2004), about the Dowager Empress Cixi, and the multilayered biographical novel Empress (2006), by Sa Shan, which also features Empress Wu.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Randel (The Moon in the Palace) offers a rich conclusion to her historical fiction duology about the woman who would become China's only ruling empress, in this work filled with sorrow and pain . . . Randel has done much to breathe life into the life of Empress Wu.”

— Publishers Weekly