Green Dragon, White Tiger

Fearful of uttering such treason, a seventh century astrologer predicts that the second daughter of General Wu will one day ascend the Dragon Throne to rule China Hot tempered and intelligent, Black Jade s spirit and luminous beauty attract the eye of Shin Min, the reigning Son of Heaven, and she joins his court as a concubine At his death, Pheasant, the weak willed sonFearful of uttering such treason, a seventh century astrologer predicts that the second daughter of General Wu will one day ascend the Dragon Throne to rule China Hot tempered and intelligent, Black Jade s spirit and luminous beauty attract the eye of Shin Min, the reigning Son of Heaven, and she joins his court as a concubine At his death, Pheasant, the weak willed son who succeeds, takes his father s favorite concubine as his own, until her growing influence persuades him to make her empress, despite the objections of many in the court Ambitious, sensual and on occasion wantonly cruel, Black Jade expertly plays on Pheasant s uncertainty, gathering the reins of government in her own capable hands His death and the brief, unlucky reigns of four sons are branching paths that lead to a single destiny A bejeweled struggle for power, this first novel is modeled on the life of the historical Empress Wu.
Green Dragon White Tiger Fearful of uttering such treason a seventh century astrologer predicts that the second daughter of General Wu will one day ascend the Dragon Throne to rule China Hot tempered and intelligent Black J

  • Title: Green Dragon, White Tiger
  • Author: Annette Motley
  • ISBN: 9780708832325
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Green Dragon, White Tiger”

    1. I loved this story of a concubine who rose to become an Empress of ancient China. I didn't want it to end. At times the writing was a little poetic so the idea was a little lost, but it was still well-written. Often authors writing about other cultures use so many foreign words and details it seems like they are just trying to show off what they have learned while researching the story, but that was not the case here.

    2. For a book chosen simply because of its size, this turned out to be a pretty interesting read. A fictionalized account of the rise of Black Jade from concubine to Empress of China during the 7th century Tang dynasty. Motley captures the exotic flavor one expects of stories of an ancient and far away land.25.5

    3. A fictional biography about the notorious Empress Wu, the only woman in Chinese history to be an Emperor in her own right. While it's a bit on the cheesecake side, it's still very readable. Recommended.

    4. Compelling and seemingly well researched but my dislike of the characters and setting prevented me from enjoying this, although I loved The Quickenberry Tree.

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