Imperial Lady A Fantasy of Han China Author:Andre Norton, Susan Shwartz Her name was Lady Silver Snow, and she lived in a distant land long, long ago . . . The hand of fate brought her to the sumptuous court of the Son of Heaven, Emperor of China, to be his concubine. But it was her own intelligent and passionate spirit that led her beond those sheltered walls and into the "barbarian" grasslands - to be a queen! — Ba... more »sed on the life of a real historical princess of the Han dynasty, mixed with Chinese legendry and a generous dose of high wizardry, Andre Norton joins with Susan Schwartz to create a stirring, romantic and unforgettable tale.« less
Excellent read! Brings to life an classic story of ancient China. This is the story of a concubine who would not play politics in the emperor's court. As a result the head eunich has this beautiful maiden's portrait painted in an unflattering way. She is never chosen by the emperor until the time comes to choose a gift bride to appease the Mongols. The emperor discovers too late that he has given away not the least beautiful, but the most beautiful maiden in China! She does her duty to her family and China and ordered and goes on to become a queen of the Mongol tribes. Beautiful insights into the kind of life and customs of the times, told in an entertaining story!