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  • Publisher : Landmark (1 June 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1492613568
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1492613565
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.81 x 20.96 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 249 ratings

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"eloquent first novel...a must for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China's glorious past." - Library Journal, STARRED Review

"A very successful and transporting novel that beautifully captures the sounds, smells and social mores of 7th-century China." - Historical Novels Review, Editor's Choice

"An astonishing debut! Weina Dei Randal spins a silken web of lethal intrigue, transporting us into the fascinating, seductive world of ancient China, where one rebellious, astute girl embarks on a dangerous quest for power." - C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of The Queen's Vow

"I absolutely loved Weina Dai Randel's The Moon in the Palace, which is a truly immersive experience and a rare and beautiful treasure. All I want now is to read the next novel!" - Elizabeth Chadwick, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Queen, The Winter Crown, and The Autumn Throne

"Like fragile yet strong silk threads, Randel's beautifully composed debut ensnares readers in the dynamic story of the young girl who would become Empress of the Bright Moon. Randel's novel is an impressive tale of lethal court intrigue that is seductive and alluring. It is a story of one woman's rise to power, but also of the relationships between the women of the palace. Readers will be transported by the colorful, fairy-tale-like story." - RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK!

"Lyrical and intriguing." - Kirkus Reviews

"Randel's novel is an impressive tale of lethal court intrigue that is seductive and alluring. It is a story of one woman's rise to power, but also of the relationships between the women of the palace. Readers will be transported by the colorful, fairy-tale-like story." - RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, 4 1/2 Stars

"The Moon in the Palace depicts Empress Wu's sharp, persistent spirit but does not neglect to make her believably naive and vulnerable, an untried girl among ruthless women. The intrigue and machinations of the imperial court come to life under her hand, a vast and dangerous engine with each piece moving for its own reasons." - Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

"The Moon in the Palace is a colorful and vibrant journey into the grandeur of the Tang Dynasty. Weina Randel weaves a captivating tale about the intrigues of the inner court through the eyes of the woman who would become the most infamous Empress in Chinese history, finding a human story of love and hope amidst bloodshed and treachery. I couldn't stop reading this exciting debut novel." - Jeannie Lin, USA Today bestselling author of The Lotus Palace

"The Moon in the Palace offers a satisfying, richly-imagined account of how Mei, a young girl forced to become a royal concubine, manages not only to survive treachery but win her way into an emperor's favor. Mei is a triumph of intelligence and passion, cunning and courage. Randel has provided a strong cast of supporting characters, successfully resisting stereotypes of eunuchs and concubines; in the end we realize they are all victims of the crucible that is the Imperial court." - Janie Chang, author of Three Souls

About the Author

Weina Dai Randel was born and raised in China. Her passion for history compels her to share classical Chinese literature, tales of Chinese dynasties, and stories of Chinese historical figures with American readers. She is an adjunct professor and is also a member of the Historical Novel Society.

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