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Maria J. reviewed Imperial Lady: A Fantasy of Han China on
Two great writers team up to give us this beautiful, intriguing tale of fantasy. Silver Snow is the intelligent and lovely daughter of a disgraced general of the Han dynasty. Sent to be a concubine of the Emperor, but too poor to bribe the Chief Eunuch, she is banished to the Cold Palace and then sent to become the bride of the leader of the barbarian horde to cement a peace treaty. She is accompanied only by her maid Willow, a shapechanger of the fox people. Silver Snow sees this as an opportunity to bring her father back to favor. Both settings are vividly brought to life. She is a strong heroine fighting to accomplish her goals where women are just property but she seems like a real person not just a set character in a chick novel.
Master storyteller Norton has teamed up with Shwartz ( Silkroads and Shadows ) to produce an eerie and delightful tale about a girl who goes from outcast at the court of the Han emperor to queen of a barbarian horde in the steppes of central Asia. Accompanied by her maid Willow, a shapechanger of the fox people, Silver Snow, daughter of a disgraced general, is dispatched to court as a potential new concubine for the emperor. Because she is too poor to bribe him, however, the chief eunuch depicts her as uncivilized and ugly and she is banished to the Cold Palace without ever meeting the emperor. When members of the Hsiung-nu migrant horde come seeking peace and a Han princess as bride for their shan-yu (leader) Khujanga, Silver Snow is chosen as a subtle insult. The intelligent and active girl sees an opportunity to bring her father back to favor and restore her family. Becoming bride in name only to the elderly Khujanga, she gains the love and respect of the horsemen and her husband, but also provokes the enmity of the shaman Strong Tongue, first wife of the shan-yu and mother of his vicious son. Norton and Shwartz bring a little-known time vividly to life, creating a believable heroine in an era when women were considered chattels or playthings.
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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!